A newborn puppy is said to have six legs and two tails. His unique circumstances were called a miracle by hospital officials. The dog was named Skipper, the veterinarian who helped the puppy said Skipper was the first dog to be born and live with several congenital conditions.

“This is a miracle called Skipper. It has lived longer than any other dog thanks to a combination of genetic conditions,” doctors at Neel Animal Hospital, Oklahoma said in a statement. posted on Facebook.

The Skipper itself is a cross between a border collie and an Australian Shepherd. According to reports, Skipper was one of nine puppies born on February 16. Veterinarians analyzed Skipper for 2 birth defects called monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus.


In short, the Skipper has a head and a thoracic cavity, but has 2 pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive systems, two tails, and six legs. Seeing that, Dr. Tina Neel, as the owner of Neel Animal Hospital, made her comments.

“It’s possible that Skipper was part of a twin in utero, and when the fertilized egg tried to divide, it didn’t completely separate,” said Dr. Tina Neel, launches Live Science.

Despite being born with the rare condition, Skipper looks healthy and doctors say his organs are in excellent condition, all of his legs move and respond to stimuli like an ordinary puppy. However, he still needs physical therapy and mobility assistance as he gets older.

Here, specialists at the hospital will continue to study his condition, monitor his progress during follow-up visits, and keep Skipper pain-free and comfortable for the rest of his life.

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