This Incredibly Rare Dog Is A Genetic Miracle–And A Total Sweetheart

In Greek mythology, a Chimera was a fire-breathing hybrid monster. Generally depicted with a lion's body, a goat's head on its back and a serpent's tail (often with, you guessed it, another head), Homer's "Illiad," described it as:
"A thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle,and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire."
In case that description doesn't get your visualization gears going, refer to below: chim1 Terrifying, right? Well, in the world of puppies, a chimera looks more like this... chim2 In biological terms, chimeras are the result of a genetic anomaly - one animal (like the puppy above) - has cells derived from two different cell lines (in the case above, a black Labrador and a yellow Labrador). In an article on the The New Republic, Columbia University Professor of Genetics and Development Virginia Papaioannou explained, "a made up of cells from at least two different original embryos. If they fuse together early enough, they will become a single organism whose genetic input is from two completely different individuals." chim3 Chimeras are exceedingly rare. In 2012, a cat by the name of Venus appeared on the Today show and became an Internet phenomenon. This two-faced feline has a YouTube video with over a million views and over 470,000 likes on her Facebook page. chim4 chim5 Now, back to the puppy. Her name is Tiger and her story was profiled by Pawnation.  She was born in 2010 and obviously, her owners noticed her uniqueness immediately. chim6 They spoke to a geneticist who instructed them to send DNA and hair samples to be tested. The results confirmed that Tiger is a chimera Labrador! chim7 Besides being mistaken for a Dalmatian and compared to Holstein cow, Tiger is just like any other pup! chim8 As her pup parent Melanie Phillips told Pawnation:
"Tiger has personality plus. She is a very happy girl. She doesn’t take herself too seriously. She is more than a bit of a diva and a rascal."
With such a one-of-a-kind look, we'd diva it up too, pup! :)  
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Hope Bobbitt

7 years ago

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