When Skipper was born, the vets at Neel Veterinary Hospital noticed something different about her. More specifically, they noticed that she had six legs and two tails!
The little puppy is being called a “miracle” after not only being born alive, but surviving for multiple days and seeming to be remarkably healthy despite her condition. The extra legs and tail aren’t just cosmetic quirks — she also has two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, and two reproductive systems. Unfortunately, this unique pup also has signs of spina bifida, but she’s surprising the vets by growing and behaving just like a normal puppy despite her differences.
The most likely reason for Skipper’s condition (which is a combination of congenital disorders called monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus, according to Neel Veterinary Hospital) is that she was originally going to have a sibling, but they didn’t completely separate in the womb. Instead, Skipper got a few extra features, and she’s since gone viral online as people have marveled over this little furry miracle.
The veterinary hospital had this to say about how Skipper is doing: “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.”
Though Skipper is likely to need significant veterinary treatment as she gets older, the dog treat company Milk-Bone has stepped up to cover her vet bills and provide her with a lifetime supply of treats! This will hopefully help keep Skipper happy and healthy as she grows up.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this special puppy continues to do so well over the coming weeks, months, and years!