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Puppy born with six legs is a 'miracle,' vet hospital says
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Puppy born with six legs is a 'miracle,' vet hospital says

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Puppy born with six legs is a 'miracle,' vet hospital says

Skipper, a border collie and Australian shepherd mix, was born naturally on Feb. 16 during a big snowstorm.

Like other newborn puppies, Skipper likes to eat, drink water and go to the bathroom.

But the border collie and Australian shepherd mix is unique from the rest of her litter: She was born with six legs.

"This is a miracle named Skipper. Literally," Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma wrote on its Facebook page on February 21. "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!"

This is a miracle named Skipper. Literally. She has survived longer than we suspect any other canine has (at just 4 days...

Posted by Neel Veterinary Hospital on Sunday, February 21, 2021

Skipper was born naturally -- along with eight brothers and sisters -- on February 16 in Oklahoma during a big snowstorm, Dr. Tina Neel, owner of the Neel Veterinary Hospital, told CNN.

After the storm, Neel said Skipper's owners brought her in to the hospital so vets could examine her.

"Our doctors knew that we needed further imaging to determine a diagnosis so we donated the service of an abdominal ultrasound," Neel told CNN.

"The ultrasound, along with radiographs, showed that she had two types of congenital disorders, called monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus, which means she has one head and chest cavity but two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive regions, two tails and six legs, among other things."

Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City has announced that a “miracle” puppy with six legs was born on February 16. The puppy, named Skipper, was born with six legs, two tails, two pelvic regions and two reproductive systems. Veterinarians believe that Skipper is the first puppy to be born alive with six legs. All of her legs move and respond to stimulus just like a normal puppy. It’s possible she may need physical therapy and assistance with mobility as she gets older, Neel Veterinary Hospital on Facebook. Skipper was born along with eight brothers and sisters during a large snowstorm. Once the storm had passed, Skipper’s owners brought her to the hospital so the vets could examine her. We will continue to research her conditions, monitor her development during rechecks and help keep Skipper pain-free and comfortable for the rest of life, Neel Veterinary Hospital on Facebook.

Neel said Skipper was likely part of a twin in utero "and when the fertilized egg tried to split, it didn't fully separate."

"So only the back half of her body was able to duplicate," Neel said. "She also has signs of Spina Bifida along her spine."

One week after her birth, Neel said Skipper is thriving.

"She is strong girl! She loves to nurse and is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy," Neel said. "We think that she may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving. Our veterinarians and her family don't see any reason not to give her the best chance a great life."

However, the vets are still monitoring Skipper, given the uniqueness of her situation.

"We will continue to research her conditions, monitor her development during rechecks and help keep Skipper pain-free and comfortable for the rest of life," the vet hospital wrote in its Facebook post. "She is doing well at home now."


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