It’s something that has never happened in dogverse and is certain to raise millions of eyebrows all over the world.
A ‘miracle’ puppy has been born in the US with six legs, two tails, and some unusual medical conditions.
Animals born with deformities or with extra features generally don’t go on to survive for too long. But Skipper seems to be doing very well and experts believe she has a good chance of leading a healthy and long life.
Skipper, an Australian border collie. was born last week at the Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Besides her six legs and two tails, she has other features that set her apart from her brothers and sisters. The best part is she is currently very healthy and has also been gaining weight like any other newborn.
Veterinarians now believe Skipper was supposed to have another sibling. But the foetuses didn’t separate while in utero. For this reason, Skipper ended up with extra limbs and an extra tail.
“This is a miracle named Skipper. Literally. She has survived longer than we suspect any other canine has (at just 4 days old – published research does not indicate one has been born alive) with her combination of congenital conditions. You might notice she looks a little different – 6 legs! ” Neel Veterinary Hospital wrote on Facebook.
As of now, it is still not clear if she will be able to move freely and without physical therapy later in her life. But her progress has been very good.
In addition, Skipper also has congenital conjoining disorders called monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus. According to the veterinary hospital’s Facebook page, the condition means Skipper has ‘one head and chest cavity but two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive systems, two tails, and six legs, among other things.
Now coming to the sad part. The dog has been rejected by her mother and is currently being fed with a bottle.
Skipper isn’t the only special dog that has taken the internet by storm.
Earlier this month, a dog owner was left shocked when her pet gave birth to a white one-eyed puppy with two tongues and no nose.
Amie de Martin, from the Philippines, said her dog gave birth to two puppies. While the first puppy appeared normal, the other one was malformed.
The puppy was born on February 6. The pale-skinned puppy struggled to breathe as Amie picked it up. He had two protruding huge tongues sticking out on the side of his mouth. It had one eye that was positioned in the center of the head and had no nose.
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