At first glance, it is clear this adorable Chihuahua is out of the ordinary.
The tiny pup weighs just 4lbs but has long legs that are entirely disproportionate to its short frame.
However it is not its unusual body shape that has made Rumpelstiltskin the rescue dog an online sensation.
The pint-sized pooch has found fame after its owner, Tyfanee Fortuna from Glen Gardner, New Jersey, revealed how Rumpelstiltskin had eaten its previous owner to stay alive.
Rumpelstiltskin the rescue chihuahua has become a viral sensation thanks to a post made by his owner on the Dogspotting Facebook group
Writing on the Dogspotting Facebook group, Tyfanee shared how her ‘survivalist’ pet had been forced to ‘his human’ after he died at home.
The post has since gone viral but Facebook users were conflicted about its strange story, saying they had ‘so many emotions’ about the little dog.
Taking to the Facebook group, Tyfanee posted: ‘Maybe this is the group where he finally gets the recognition he deserves. This is Rumpelstiltskin and he is 4lbs of love and nervous shaking.
‘I adopted him 1yr ago from an animal shelter because his owner died.’
Its owner Tyfanee Fortuna from Glen Gardner, New Jersey, revealed thar Rumpelstiltskin had eaten its previous owner to stay alive
Rumpelstiltskin’s owner had been dead for two weeks when their body was found, meaning the dog had to eat them to stay alive
Facebook users were full of praise for Rumpelstiltskin, praising his survival skills
The post seemed inconspicuous enough and appeared to be about how the pooch had started a happy new life with a new owner.
But ti was Tyfanee’s bizarre addition to the post that sent it viral, achieving 4,000 likes and over 800 comments.
Tyfanee continued: ‘Bonus info: his owner was dead for a considerable time before anyone noticed and he did eat his human to stay alive. +1 for being a survivalist pupper.
‘His legs are weirdly long for his small body and also bowed out in a way that makes them look like a fancy table. He likes food, undivided attention, and sleeping for many hours at a time.’
The new owner also playfully poked fun at Rumpelstiltskin’s unusually long legs
Other Facebook users were conflicted about the post, calling it ‘gross’ but also praising the little dog
She later revealed that the dog’s previous owner had been dead for two weeks until their body was found, meaning the dog would have been starving when it ate them.
Facebook users were both shocked and endeared by Rumpelstiltskin’s story, and flooded the Facebook group with comments.
One commented: ‘He scares me but I love him.’
‘Bless his heart & his Queen Anne legs. Any animal would do what he did to survive & look at the size of him it’s not like he’d eat much is it,’ another posted.
A third said: ‘Wow I have so many thoughts right now! He is very cute. Very unique. I’m pleased he was found and now has a safe loving home.’
‘Best story ever. Well not for the owner. But what an epic doggo!’ a fourth wrote.