First there was Narwhal, the unicorn puppy with the lone little tail on his forehead. Now meet Rae (that’s “ear” backward), the cute Golden Retriever puppy who just happens to have a unicorn ear.
Yes, you heard that right. Hearing is believing as this adorable pooch’s one and only ear is planted firmly on the top of her head, the better to be cuter than ever.
Rae’s Instagram name @goldenunicornrae fits her perfectly and her bio says, “I’m a one-eared golden retriever! Accidental injury at birth left me with only my right ear. As I grew, it migrated to the top of my head”
Apparently, Rae’s ear was accidentally torn off by her mother after birth. She was immediately sent to Family Friends Veterinary Hospital and Pet Care Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rae had surgery and was in critical condition. Eventually relinquished to the hospital by her former owner, Rae found a home with Brianna Vorhees, a receptionist at the hospital.
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So, I’ve had a lot of people asking how/why her ear migrated to the middle of her head. A lot of people wonder if her story is real. She’s 7 days old here, and my precious baby has her right ear on the right side and you can see the left side healing nicely. I made the video because I loved when her nose and sweet paw pads were turning black, that was my favorite when she was this little. 😌
Brianna provided the tiny puppy with round-the-clock care and the bottle feedings she needed to heal and heal she did. Eventually, Rae’s remaining ear moved to the top of her head giving her that undeniable unicorn look.
Rae went from being in an uncertain situation to a spunky and funny pup who is an Instagram sensation. She’s quite the unicorn princess with 185,000 followers (as of this second) and counting very fast!
There are some unanswered questions about Rae and her very different ear, from how her ear actually works to just how much she can hear. But she knows when someone calls her by name, which is most of what any dog needs.
One thing that’s certain is she’s loving the attention and she’s a positive force wherever she goes. Don’t try to keep Rae down because this ball of energy will come back at you with positivity times 10, and with at least two toys in her mouth.
Rae is making friends wherever she goes and she has no plans to stop.
We hear you Rae, and we are rooting for you all the way!
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