MELBOURNE, Australia — I was in awe when I saw Molly the wolf and its cute puppy face, curled up in a ball on the grass in the front yard of my parents’ home.
I was in disbelief.
What a freak!
It was a freak of nature, even for a wolf.
MELBERT S. FERRARI, a wolf researcher and professor of animal behavior at Western Sydney University, said the wolf’s face was just as “crazy” as its appearance.
“Its a little bit of a puzzle,” he said.
FERRari said Molly’s cute face is the result of a gene mutation in the wolf population. “
This wolf’s nose is a bit of an anomaly, but its not as big as a wolf’s.”
FERRari said Molly’s cute face is the result of a gene mutation in the wolf population.
“You see in the wild, it is really a rare case of a wolf being completely wolf, with no eyebrows or ears,” he told CNN.
“This wolf is completely wolf.”
He said Molly, which is named after a small mountain range, is “an anomaly in the species.”
“Molly is a cute little dog,” he added.
It’s not a rare occurrence.
Scientists say a small proportion of wolves in Australia have “pigtails,” the distinctive white fur that can’t be seen by human eyes.
In the wild and in captivity, researchers have been trying to determine if the mutation has affected Molly’s behavior.
In October, the National Institute of Health said there are now “no indications” Molly has any health problems.
But some animal behaviorists believe the wolf may be more vulnerable to the disease than previously thought.
A study published last year by the British Veterinary Journal reported that a group of “homo sapiens” with “dog-like” traits, including a “wolf-like muzzle and wolf-like eyes” was found in a remote part of Australia.
That’s a sign Molly could be more at risk than other wolves.