There is a beautiful black lab named Felix in Alaska, USA. He has a large following on the social networking site Imgur, where supporters have tracked his travels and enjoyed watching the furry handsome man evolve.
Felix's father, Jimmy, tells Bored Panda that he has been taking care of Felix since he was 11 days old. When the breeder noticed that one of the litter's puppies was not growing and was dying of severe cleft palate and cleft lip, and was unable to feed properly from her mother, they brought in a rescue worker.
The process of removing this hairy man was arduous.
"At the time, he was suffering from aspiration pneumonia and wasn't going to live another 24 hours," Jamie continues. I brought him home, where I fed him for the next 7 weeks via a feeding tube. I also helped him treat his pneumonia. He is a 14-month-old black lab dog.
Cleft lip and cleft palate have an unknown cause. According to Jamie, a poor diet or prenatal exposure to certain substances can cause this deviation in both humans and animals.
Felix is a fighter who doesn't let his health problems stop him from having fun and enjoying life. In addition to having digestive issues, this Labrador has only one working eyeball, misaligned jaws, and intestines that originate on the opposite side of his body. He has a certain look on his face.
Since there are no teeth in alignment, "he can only eat canned food," said Jimmy. I sometimes give him solid food to help him feel like a member of the gang, but he doesn't enjoy it. On the contrary, it keeps him busy.
In January of this year, Felix underwent cleft lip and palate surgery. The dog has a unilateral cleft palate that affects the soft and hard palate, according to the dog's owner. The vet did an excellent job, and used his own tissue to fix the palate issues.
Felix was not able to eat or drink regularly before the operation. Every time he fed him, his father would clean the food that came from his apartment.
Jamie said: 'Since the surgery, he's developed a nervous tic that causes him to spin around and sometimes bark into the air, possibly as a result of his head being dislocated. To check if the new drugs can help him, we're testing them.'