HEALTH: Doctors shocked over girl born with hairy ‘true tail’


This “tail” is strange but true.

Doctors were flabbergasted over the case of a baby girl who was born with an extremely rare 2-inch-long “true tail.” [Warning: graphic images]

“The presence of tails in humans is extremely infrequent,” authors wrote in the study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

The tot had been born via caesarean section at a rural hospital in north-eastern Mexico. Upon first examination, doctors discovered the bizarro butt tassel, which measured around 5.7 cm long and was covered with hair. Accompanying pics show the odd appendage, which is cylindrical and tapered at the tip like partially-rolled play-doh.

The baby reportedly cried when doctors pierced the appendage with a needle.

A subsequent X-ray revealed no evidence of anomalies or bone structures inside the tail, suggesting that the posterior protrusion was not a vestigial tail — an evolutionary remnant — like in most of the 195 rare cases documented in case studies from the US and England, France, Japan, Italy and Germany, according to the journal report..

Rather, it was a “true tail,” a benign appendage comprised of only tissue and fat, which is much rarer, with only 40 cases reported in human literature.

"True tails" are extremely rare with only 40 recorded cases i human literature.

“True tails” are extremely rare with only 40 recorded cases i human literature.


The tail measured around 2 inches long.

The tail measured around 2 inches long.


The baby girl was perfectly normal aside from her fifth limb.

The baby girl was perfectly normal aside from her fifth limb.


The protuberance’s presence was especially peculiar as the girl was born to “healthy parents in their late twenties” and didn’t have a prior history of radiation exposure or infections in utero, per the study.

Thankfully, aside from having a fifth limb, the infant was completely healthy. Doctors discovered that she had no heart or hearing problems, urinary tract malformations, cerebral anomalies, or spinal malformations.

Medics re-assessed the patient two months later, whereupon they determined that her weight gain and growth were normal for her age. By that time, the baby’s posterior protrusion had grown 0.8 cm in length.

After deeming the tail free of skin lesions, surgeons decided to snip it and reconstruct the region via Limberg plasty — a procedure that transplants tissue from the patient’s own buttocks, as seen in graphic pics.

Surgeons prepare to remove the tot's butt tassel.
Surgeons prepare to remove the tot’s butt tassel.
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Fortunately, the operation went off without a hitch and the patient was discharged from the hospital to live life unburdened by a butt tassel.

In an even more extreme case in 2021, a Brazilian baby was born with a “true tail” with a ball on the end like a meaty medieval mace.

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