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:
Then the other day I stumbled upon a picture of a cat with an interesting set of markings on its back:
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:
Do you remember Petey from the Little Rascals?
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 :
This puppy has an interesting face.
This marking puts a whole new twist on "holy cow!"
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....
Here's a piglet with a heart-shaped marking.
Now a puppy with the same kind of marking.
I don't know if this next one is the same puppy grown up, only to have its own puppy with a similar marking.
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.
Here's a full-grown cat with a large heart on its side.
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.
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
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