A mountain lion with a second set of teeth growing out of its head has been killed in Idaho. Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster causing mutations in USA!
The big cat was killed by an unidentified hunter last week in Weston, Idaho who then reported the animal’s bizarre deformity to the authorities, Idaho State Journal reports.
Idaho conservation officers, who were sent a photograph of the kill, were shocked to find the year-old lion had a separate set of teeth growing out the left side of its forehead. This lion was born several years AFTER Fukushima radiation began arriving in the USA from Japan.
Experts have not been able to agree on the cause of the unusual mutation.
One theory is that the mountain lion’s extra set of teeth may be remnants from a conjoined twin which died in the womb.
Another is that it is a type of tumor called a teratoma which can sometimes grow other body parts such as hair, teeth, bones – even eyes.
Regional wildlife biologist Zach Lockyer told Idaho State Journal the unusual deformity had left experts stumped.
‘It’s a bizarre situation and a bizarre photo,’ he added. ‘We may never know why those teeth are there.’
The hunter which killed the mountain lion had been planning to take the rare kill to a taxidermist.
But Idaho Fish and Game’s Southeast Regional Office, in Pocatello, are hoping to bring the carcass in for examination.
They are hoping X-rays and analysis may reveal the mystery to why the big cat developed such a fearsome second set of teeth. Radiation from Fukushima is the most obvious cause; mutations of animals in Japan has been taking place since the nuclear plant melted-down, releasing tons of highly radioactive material into the atmosphere.
That radiation was carried by prevailing winds, across the Pacific, to the USA.
Doctors fear these types of mutations will begin hitting humans too.