ivman's blague rotating header image loading ... please wait....

Unusual Animal Markings

Have you ever felt like what they call a "marked man?" This past week I had three different men tell me that they felt as though they had a target painted on them for one reason or another. With each of these men I joked about the Far Side cartoon below:

picture of cartoon

Then the other day I stumbled upon a picture of a cat with an interesting set of markings on its back:

picture of cat on cat

As I ruminated on Hal's birthmark and the cool cat with the black cat marking (which looks to be authentic), I decided to see if I could find any other pictures of animals with interesting markings. Here are two where I'm certain the markings are not something the animals were born with.

This has to be a photoshop job:

picture of cow with world map

Do you remember Petey from the Little Rascals?

picture of Petey

I'm sure there were different dogs in that role, but the circle was undoubtedly an addition. From various pictures I found, though, it seems they weren't able to keep it straight concerning which eye was supposed to have the circle painted around it!

But I was able to find some other animals whose markings I feel confident are real.

This animal is called a piebald squirrel:

picture of piebald squirrel

This puppy has an interesting face.

picture of puppy

This marking puts a whole new twist on "holy cow!"

picture of cow with cross marking

As a harbinger of Valentine's Day coming in about three weeks, here are some animals I found with heart-shaped markings.

Yet another cow picture....

picture of cow with heart

Here's a piglet with a heart-shaped marking.

picture of pig with heart

Now a puppy with the same kind of marking.

picture of puppy with heart

I don't know if this next one is the same puppy grown up, only to have its own puppy with a similar marking.

picture of dogs with heart

Now back to cats — one of the ideas that got me thinking about animal markings to begin with. Here's a kitten with a heart-shaped marking.

picture of kitten with heart

Here's a full-grown cat with a large heart on its side.

picture of cat with heart

I'll end with two kittens who, when lying back to back at the time this shot was taken, have markings that make a heart.

picture of cats with heart

Have you seen or owned any animals with interesting markings? If you have a picture you'd like me to post in the comments, you can find my e-mail address on the contact link on my blog.


"Finding your inner princess can be such a royal pain." - Sandy Stock

=^..^= =^..^=

What do little birdies see when they get knocked unconscious?

Print This Post Print This Post

If you enjoyed this post, to get updates when I post to my blog, sign up for your preferred method below — RSS, Twitter, or e-mail.

5 Comments on “Unusual Animal Markings”

  1. #1 Megan
    on Jan 25th, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Salut! It’s been a while since I’ve read your blog, but I noticed you mention it on FB, so I popped over to take a looksie. This post is really neat. 🙂 Of course you remember Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web was a pig with very unique markings.

    I love the piebald squirrel, the pig with the heart, and of course all the kitties with hearts. 🙂

    If you’d like to see a white rabbit with a heart check this link:


    all zee best
    dreary mouse
    aka megan

  2. #2 Nancy
    on Jan 25th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Nice post. I suspect that Atlas, the cow, may have taken his identity from Chester the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet, 1980. Maybe he should add a tattoo of a copyright disclaimer with pertinent text. He could get advice on this from the law firm of Diddee, Cheatham, and Cow, an offshoot of the company that advises the CarTalk guys.

  3. #3 Carrie
    on Jan 25th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I have always loved the Far Side, especially the index in the back of one of the books. All the letters were blank, except T, which read, “The one about the alien in the mirror, The one about the birthmark, etc.” Worth the price of the book.

    And the hearts. . . adorable! Makes me want a cat! :o) I’ll have to check our guinea pigs for heart markings.

    .-= Carrie’s most recent blog post … Ajimi =-.

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Jan 27th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    It’s a toss up between the cat with the cat on its back and the piebald squirrel. I wonder where those squirrels are found.

    You would have thought they would have at least gotten the same eye consistently circled on Petey. The different dogs aren’t even close in their markings. Just goes to show how much they used to get away with back then. Even watching the old TV shows, they had so many bloopers and no one ever noticed. Like how the Lone Ranger rode his horse around the same rock chasing someone with his gun drawn each and every week.

    With all the hearts, this would have been a good Valentine’s Day blog.

  5. #5 Rob
    on Jan 28th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    @Megan – There’s a link about the piebald squirrel in my post — you might want to follow it up. They are definitely interesting looking.

    @Nancy – Thanks for the suggestions about Atlas the cow and the CarTalk credits. You make me smile.

    @Carrie – Did you discover any interesting markings on your guinea pig?

    @Vikki – They were not nearly so careful back then about consistency. When my friend Phil and I did the BoJonics commercials, there was one person on hand just to make sure we were in about the same positions when delivering lines that we had been in previous takes. And that was just for those little commercials. I know, though, that the folks at HomeSat do things right.