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Animal Life: What Happened To The Manx Cat's Tail?

David Rush
Manx cats have no tails, but they get along just fine.


Have you ever seen a cat without a tail? It was probably a Manx cat

This breed originated centuries ago on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England. The missing tail is actually a genetic mutation that appeared on the island at some point. The mutation thrived in the isolated location, eventually producing its own distinct breed of cat. 

The tailless trait is a dominant gene, but Manx cats also carry genes for normal tails. That means two tailless manx cats can produce a kitten with a full tail. Genetics is pretty crazy, right? 

Click here for a song about Manx cats. 

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