A five-year-old grey pitbull mix named Toad was discovered to have a very rare deformity – her right ear has teeth and it salivates.
- 5-year-old grey pitbull name mix named Toad was found to have a second mouth with teeth and it salivates
- Toad, was brought at the Mutt Misfits Animal Rescue Society, in Oklahoma City two years ago, as a stray
- They performed a thorough checkup and discovered that she has an extra mouth where her right ear should be.
Toad was brought at the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare shelter two years ago, as a stray where the staff notice something different about her.
The hunch was proven after they sedated her and performed a thorough checkup of her right ear and found out she a second mouth.
The mouth has a fully developed teeth and it salivates however, it doesn’t have a jaw to allow it to open and close and Toad can’t hear with it either.
Founder of Mutt Misfits Heather Hernandez said, “Immediately we recognized that she was very different to most dogs. She was initially showing lots of aggression but once she and I got together, that all disappeared.
‘Upon her initial intake exam at the shelter, our veterinarian originally thought she had extra ears. But once we sedated her for her spay surgery, that’s when we discovered that she actually only has one ear and two mouths!”
Surprisingly, Toad doesn’t suffer because of her second mouth.
Heather said, “We originally thought it had two teeth but we did a dental cleaning on the ear a few weeks ago and discovered it has several. A few of the ear teeth had cracked, which caused some discomfort, but once we removed the broken teeth she was good as new.
She also added, “A few of the ear teeth had cracked, which caused some discomfort, but once we removed the broken teeth she was good as new. The main teeth we kept since they appear to be attached to the skull. We certainly can’t rule out that the ear mouth might cause further issues in the future but that’s okay, we can just take it one day at a time.”
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According to Toad’s owner, Heather, “It has what looks like lips in which the opening of the lips are the part that actively salivates. The ear mouth does not have a jaw though so it doesn’t actually open and close. The skin and ear lips are what move primarily. Toad’s “ear” has to be cleaned every night, otherwise the saliva will stick to her fur. She doesn’t hear, see or smell very well because everything in her head is misaligned, but otherwise she’s totally normal. She is very devoted and loyal to her family. She thinks she’s a lap dog and always insists on sitting on my lap.”
“She’s special, she’s one in a million, Toad came into my life at the exact time that I needed her, and she has brought me infinite joy and happiness,” Hernandez added.
A vet explained to Hernandez that Toad’s bizarre deformity most likely occurred when she absorbed her twin in her mother’s uterus.