Mountain lion has teeth growing from its headBy Mason White 10:49 AM January 11, 2016
By: Wayne Morin
A mountain lion left experts with a lot of questions after it was found with teeth on its head.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game shared some facts regarding the mountain lion and its unusual deformity.
They said that a young male mountain lion was legally harvested in the Weston.
The mountain lion was observed attacking a dog on a landowner’s property. The mountain lion ran off and its tracks were followed through other properties and eventually retreated to the hills.
“Within three hours of the attack, the hunter began tracking the mountain lion with the use of hounds and harvested the animal legally that same day,” the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said.
The dog involved in the attack survived.
The mountain lion was found to have an unusual deformity of fully formed teeth and what appears to be small whiskers were growing out of hard fur-covered tissue on the left side of the animal’s forehead.
Idaho Fish and Game said that it is possible that the teeth could be the remnants of a conjoined twin that died in the womb and was absorbed into the other fetus. It is also possible that deformity was a teratoma tumor.
These kinds of tumors are composed of tissue from which teeth, hair, and even fingers and toes can develop. They are rare in humans and animals.
Biologists from the southeast region of the Idaho Fish and Game, have never seen anything like this particular deformity before.