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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 [1]:

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.


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