Bonsai the English Bulldog was born in April in Arkansas with rare deformities which left him with only half his spine, but with no pelvis and with tiny hind legs.
The now two-and-a-half-month-old puppy suffers from a human condition known as Caudal Regression (sacral agenesis) and Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis, probably combined with a variation of Spina Bifida.
Additionally, he was born a “Walrus Puppy” (also called water pup), which means that he was congested with fluid which, together with the lack of hind legs, led to him suffering from “Swimmer’s Syndrome”. (Scroll down for the video.
1. Bonsai was born to an English Bulldog breeder from Arkansas in April with multiple rare deformities.
2. The two-and-half-month-old puppy in a onesie. He was born with only half his spine, no pelvis and tiny contracted hind legs.
3. Bonsai has Caudal Regression (sacral agenesis) and Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis, likely combined with a variation of Spina Bifida.
A YouCaring page set up to help pay for the puppy’s care, which has already raised $14,660 in funding, explains that Swimmer’s Syndrome is a “condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides — putting pressure on the internal organs”.
The condition is reversible with therapy over time, but there is no way to fix Bonsai’s malformed spine and pelvis, so both of his hind legs had to be amputated.
Bonsai is now recovering well but will need in-depth diagnostics of his anatomy to help manage his conditions, including expensive MRI scans and other advanced imaging procedures.
4. Bonsai was born a “Walrus Puppy” (water pup), meaning he was congested with fluid, causing Swimmer’s Syndrome.
5. Bonsai is recovering well from his surgery, but will require multiple in-depth diagnostics of his internal anatomy to help manage his conditions.
6. Bonsai manages to carry on just like any normal puppy, playing with toys and enjoying himself despite his limitations.
People caring for the puppy have not been able to find a single documented case of his specific conditions in any other animal.
However, Bonsai’a Facebook page, which has more than 37,000 likes, features many pictures of Bonsai behaving just like any other puppy, playing with toys and enjoying himself despite his disabilities.
His fundraising page says:
Bonsai is a special character and we just hope to spread the word about him and bring awareness that those born different (animals and human alike) can still MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives and hearts of many!
7. The English Bulldog certainly enjoys his food. His page on Facebook has dozens of cute pictures, leading to more than 37,000 likes.
8. Bonsai was born with multiple deformities, but is as cute as any puppy you’ve seen.
Read more: YouCaring.
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