January 11, 2016 12:07 pm

Mountain lion with fully-formed teeth, whiskers growing out of head killed in Idaho

On Friday, The Idaho Department for Fish and Game (IDFG) released a photo of the deformed cat that was legally killed by a hunter on Dec. 30 after the feline attacked a dog.

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A gnarly looking mountain lion, with a second set of teeth and whiskers growing out of its forehead, was shot and killed by a hunter in Idaho late last month.

On Friday, The Idaho Department for Fish and Game (IDFG) released a photo of the deformed cat that was legally killed by a hunter on Dec. 30 after the feline attacked a dog.

According to the IDFG, the young male cat had what appeared to be fully-formed teeth and what appeared to be small whiskers growing out of hard, fur-covered tissue on the left side on the animal’s forehead.

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The department said it couldn’t definitively explain why the deformity grew on the lion but speculated that the growth could be “the remnants of a conjoined twin that died in the womb and was absorbed into the other fetus.”

Officials said the feline was killed after attacking a family dog just outside of Preston. The cat was tracked by a hunter and was legally killed about three hours after attacking the pet. The dog survived the attack.

The IDFG said local biologists had never seen such a particular deformity before. The department also speculated that the deformity was a teratoma tumor, a growth “composed of tissue from which teeth, hair, and even fingers and toes can develop.”

The department said in a statement that “the hunter is not required to turn the animal over to Fish and Game for further analysis.”

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