Meet Leo, the newest member of our family. Leo is an exotic Highland Lynx cat and he is polydactyl. He has 22 toes - 5 toes each on his front paws and 6 toes each on the back.
The Highland Lynx is a cross between a Desert Lynx and a Jungle Curl. The Desert Lynx is a bobcat hybrid. The Jungle Curl is an African Jungle Cat hybrid which has curly ears.
Back in the day, polydactyl cats got their sea legs by accompanying fishermen on many journeys. And they earned their keep -- they were rumored to be excellent mouse hunters, and their extra toes gave them better balance on ships that encountered rough waters.
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