Last week, a dog was born with an unusual anatomical features: she was born with six legs and two tails.
The puppy, appropriately named Skipper Miracle, appears to be the first of her kind.
Born in Oklahoma, Skipper is currently managing alright, and veterinarians expect her to have quite a long life, despite her extra features.
On Monday, the Oklahoma City clinic, Neel Veterinary Hospital, shared a photo of Skipper via Facebook that showed her six legs.
You can see the newborn pup in the photo, but she can’t even open her eyes yet, let alone use her legs.
According to the post, Skipper also has two tails, two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, and two reproductive systems.
Veterinarians are currently evaluating Skipper for health disorders. Due to her condition, Skipper could possibly have a spine condition and monocephalus dipygus, which could explain her condition.
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Skipper is an exceptional pup as she is the first dog to be born with six legs. However, due to her abnormal condition, expert care will be necessary for her ongoing development.
“With Skipper being so rare and unique, we will monitor her development to make sure she is comfortable throughout her life,” Neel told Newsweek.
Neel continued: “And with no other live puppies to compare her to, there will be some unknowns, but we will continue to research to make sure we provide the best care. Our hospital has donated services to her like an abdominal ultrasound so that we could see more details about her body internally and get a diagnosis.”
According to the hospital, Skipper has already secured her forever home. In addition, the clinic also set up a GoFundMe to help with her medical care. The page has raised over $3,300.
“Positively, her organs appear to be in great shape, she is peeing and pooping, and is very strong!” the Facebook post read. “She nurses well and is growing appropriately so far. All of her legs move and respond to stimulus just like a normal puppy.”
“Its possible she may need physical therapy and assistance with mobility as she gets older. 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. She is doing well at home now,” the hospital added.