Surgeons in India remove human tail

An 18-year-old man in India has his tail removed after it began causing him pain and discomfort.

NAGPUR, INDIA (Reuters) - An 18-year-old man in India has undergone surgery to remove his tail.

The abnormal growth of his tail, which measures approximately 18cm, was causing him pain. It has been successfully removed by doctors in Nagpur, India.

The hospital's Head of Neurosurgery Pramod Giri has said that the man can now sleep on his back, something he was unable to do for a long time.

In humans, growing a tail is a rare atavism. Atavisms occur when dormant DNA is reactivated accidentally.