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This Deformed Mountain Lion Is Fascinating But Also Might Make You Gag A Little

Nature is weird and wondrous.

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Also known as the cougar, puma, and catamount (huh?), this large and noble cat is native to the Americas, found everywhere from Canada to South America and all points in between.

It is a fierce and formidable exemplar of nature's fearful symmetry. They are powerful apex predators who awwwwww look at this one doing a little tongue blep!

But a hunter in Idaho recently stumbled across this mountain lion that calls into question all we consider good and holy. WARNING: The following image may shatter your perception of order within the natural world.

Okay, no more coddling with blurred images...here it is at another angle. The mountain lion sadly had to be killed after it was found attacking a property-owner's dog on Dec. 30.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game via AP

The Idaho Fish and Game Department say the mountain lion was "legally harvested" about 8 miles outside of Preston, Idaho.

Oh, also, the dog that was attacked is now thankfully fine.

The Fish and Game Department suspect the deformity is either a conjoined twin that was absorbed by the mountain lion in the womb or is what's known as a teratoma.

Teratoma literally means "monster tumor," and these rare monster tumors contain tissues such such as teeth and hair that can grow independently of the host body.

But enough of mother nature's monstrous capriciousness...here are a bunch of photos of mountain lions opening Christmas presents!

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

10 month-old cougar cubs named Yazhi (L) and Takoda open Christmas gifts filled with play toys and pine cones December 19, 2007 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.

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