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An Injury Left Pup With One Ear That Migrated To Top Of Her Head

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on April 17, 2024

Rae, a Golden Retriever, has faced significant challenges from birth but has turned them into a unique charm, earning her the nickname “Unicorn.” Rae is now a sensation on social media with over 222,000 Instagram followers and millions of TikTok views. Born with a critical injury that caused the loss of one ear, Rae underwent major surgery just hours after coming into the world at Family Friends Veterinary Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Despite the uncertainty surrounding her future, Rae miraculously recovered, with her remaining ear eventually moving to the top of her head when her face healed. She has a distinctive appearance that resembles a unicorn, making her magically adorable!


It was at the hospital where Rae found a permanent home with Brianna Vorhees, a receptionist at the facility, who had recently lost her previous Golden Retriever, Loki, to lymphoma. Feeling a deep connection with Rae, Brianna adopted her when she was just two days old and provided her with intensive care, including regular bottle feedings. Brianna had also just gone through a tumultuous divorce and was feeling low. But with the pup’s love, the woman prevailed and credits Rae with saving her life.


As Rae grew, her single ear migrated even more and now sits in the center of her forehead. The name Rae is “ear” spelled backward. Rae’s rise to fame began with a TikTok video posted by a vet tech, capturing hearts worldwide and quickly garnering millions of views.


On her social media accounts, Rae is often shown relaxing, enjoying affection, and playing with Brianna’s family. Her unique ear position does not impact her hearing or cause any discomfort, and it certainly doesn’t diminish her zest for life. Rae has not only brought immense joy and love to Brianna and her family, but she also continues to inspire and charm people across the globe.

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