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Narwhal the unicorn puppy to stay with rescuers

Narwhal the  unicorn puppy  to stay with rescuers
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Mac s Mission animal rescue founder Rochelle Steffen holds a 10-week-old golden retriever puppy with a small tail growing between his eyes, dubbed "Narwhal," Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Jackson, Mo. (Tyler Graef/The Southeast Missourian via AP)

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. -- A dog that drew international attention because of a tail-like growth on his face will remain with the founder of a group that rescued him.

The dog, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November by Mac s Mission in southeast Missouri. When the beagle-mix puppy s picture hit social media, the mission received more than 300 offers to adopt him. But the dog also drew some unwelcome attention, including death threats.

Mac s Mission s founder Rochelle Steffen said those two factors -- plus Narwhal s cute personality and loving nature -- convinced her to keep the dog.

Steffen told The Southeast Missourian she was concerned her small rescue group couldn t properly vet people who wanted to adopt Narwhal, and she wanted to be sure he stay with people who had his best interests at heart.
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