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Watch: Miraculous newborn puppy leaves vets in shock when they see his legs

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The birth of a puppy doesn't usually garner worldwide attention. However, when little Skipper is born, the whole world is stunned to learn of this 'one of a kind' pup.
 

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 08/04/2021, 21:00

Hundreds of thousands of puppies are born each day around the world. While their owners may celebrate their arrival, very few will get as much attention as little Skipper. But then this little pup is a miracle.

The veterinary clinic in Oklahoma City, US, where Skipper was born, has seen plenty of puppy births. But Skipper is the most unusual puppy they've ever seen.

Double puppy

Skipper is the first known puppy in the world to be born alive, healthy and with six legs.

It's thought that Skipper was likely to have been one of a twin, but the pair failed to split apart entirely. This left Skipper with twice as many body parts from her waist down. She has just one head and chest, but she has two tails, two pelvic regions and two reproductive organs.

 

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Veterinary specialists say that Skipper, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix, is a miracle puppy as they've not been able to find any other known cases of a puppy like her being born alive with this type of congenital condition. 

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Happy and healthy future

As Skipper's condition is considered congenital rather than genetic, vets expect that the little puppy can look forward to a normal life. Her extra legs, tail, and organs are certainly not holding her back. She's described as strong and determined by her family and vet staff.


As all of Skipper's legs respond to stimulus, it's not expected that she will have any of her legs removed. Her extra limbs could actually help to give her more stability and balance as she learns to walk. The little pup is very determined to learn to walk and has started to crawl. Therefore, the focus right now is for her owner to learn what motion exercises will best help keep her legs strong.

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Watch this adorable clip of Skipper:

Welcome to the world Skipper!