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Mountain Lion Killed In Idaho Has Teeth, Whiskers Growing Out Of Its Head

01/11/2016 08:27 EST | Updated 01/12/2016 10:59 EST

The Internet is abuzz after photos of a dead mountain lion with a very odd deformity surfaced online.

The young, male cat had fully-formed teeth and whiskers growing out of the left side of its forehead, according to Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

“There was something extra,” department spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson told East Idaho News. “We haven’t seen anything like this in our region.”

A new photo showing the deformed mountain lion. Latest info here: http://www.eastidahonews.com/2016/01/idfg-releases-more-information-about-deformed-mountain-lion/

Posted by East Idaho News.com on Saturday, January 9, 2016


In a news release, the department said that the teeth could be from a conjoined twin that died in utero. It could also be caused by a rare tumour called a teratoma, made up of tissue from which teeth, hair, fingers, or toes can grow.

Hunters killed the mountain lion on Dec. 30 near Weston, Id. after it attacked a dog and was seen near homes, reported Fox13.

Tyler Olson, the dog’s owner, told the outlet the hunters showed him the cat after it died.

"I did see that weird feature on top of its head ... It was pretty strange."

However, while a conservation officer was able to look the cat over, biologists haven't had a chance to examine the animal and are trying to contact the hunter, according to East Idaho News.

Check out the video above to see more photos.

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