Despite a resurgence in popularity in recent years, many potential pet owners are still hesitant about rescuing an animal from a shelter or purchasing a puppy from a breeder.
Often, rescue dogs have uncertain or traumatized pasts, and their racial heritage is unknown, which can be slightly worrying, especially for new dog owners.
What if, however, you rescued a dog who just happened to be good at cleaning and tidying up? In a video posted to the TikTok page @cherry_thelittlehelper, which has been viewed more than 2.8 million times, Cherry, the polydactyl butterfly and corgi rescue dog, can be seen helping her owner place a rug on the floor by taking a corner in his mouth. and positioning it perfectly flat.
“Wow! It’s been a (year) and a month since we had her. I was filming my cleaning with my YouTube video, I brought the mat and she did that. She was the first dog we adopted , and she came (a long) way,” the caption read.
In her Instagram caption, it is revealed that Cherry was rescued from the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA) in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, Africa.
This may be one of the reasons why Cherry is so good at helping with household chores due to her condition.
Polydactyly occurs when a human or animal is born with one or more extra toes, often due to genetic variation but sometimes through selective breeding. It is more common in dogs than in cats.
“This doesn’t happen often in dogs, except in a few breeds where it is encouraged by breeding (Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd),” reports pet advice site Wag! “It is also quite rare for both forelimbs and hindlimbs to be affected, although again there are exceptions, such as in the Norwegian Lundehund. Most of the time the extra toe is not hinged and is mainly made of soft tissue with some bone. It only becomes a problem if it gets caught on objects causing injury. Polydactyly is a rare phenomenon where your dog is born with one or more extra toes.
Stir! says that, in dog breeds that work on snow or uneven ground, “having extra toes is even considered an advantage.”
Dogs have on average four toes on each foot, while humans, primates, bears, bats and other animals have five as standard. In addition to the occasional anomaly of an extra toe, all dogs are born with dewclaws on their front legs and some on their back legs. This is the small non-functional extra claw that is slightly higher on the foot and does not touch the ground.
Although they are not functional, “they are really interesting evidence of the distant evolutionary past of the species,” said Psychology today. “About 40 million years ago, there existed a cat-like animal that climbed trees, known as a miacis, who was an early ancestor of our modern dogs. Obviously, if you climb trees, having five toes is an advantage. However, miacis eventually evolved into a ground-dwelling species. cynodictus“.
The dogs we know and love today then became specialized social hunters, no longer needing the fifth toe as much as their ancestors. “As hunters of fast prey, speed has become an important factor. Today’s dogs are a cursive species, which means that evolution has adapted them to become fast runners,” added Psychology today.
TikTok users loved the adorable rescue dog.
“It’s adorable! My dog helps me by peeing on every new rug I try to lay down! Good thing I love him!” ” one user wrote, while another commented: “Animals are the best. »
News week contacted @cherry_thelittlehelper via Instagram for comment.
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