A puppy was born with a total of eight legs on Wednesday on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean.
Amazing pictures reveal that the newborn puppy has two bodies joined at the chest and two sets of front legs, as well as two sets of back legs. She also had two tails.
The black and white puppy was born in Vaini of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean and was the only one of a litter of six to have any birth abnormalities.
1. The pup was born with two bodies joined at the chest with eight legs, complete with two tails.
Local resident Vukitangitau Maloni, who took the photographs soon after the puppy was born, said that the whole island community was stunned and speechless at the sight of the canine with two sets of legs.
Maloni told The Daily Mail:
I’ve never seen anything like this before.
She was struggling to crawl and unfortunately, she died a few hours later. My neighbor’s dog gave birth to five other healthy puppies, but she was the cutest out of them.
Erica Fairleigh, a veterinary nurse from Wollongong, NSW, explained that most animals born with similar deformities don’t survive for more than a few hours after birth. She told The Daily Mail:
Without very good veterinary care, the pup would have died quickly unfortunately.
I’ve never seen or heard of any dogs born this way but it could be a result of many factors such as poor genetics and bad nutrition during gestation.
2. She was the only one of a litter of six to be born with abnormal features on Wednesday, but died a few hours later.
It looks like two pups that didn’t quite separate and there are deformities in the face too like a cleft pallet. Her face looks quite blue, which are signs of not enough oxygen.
I can see her umbilical cord still attached and she looks no more than 12 hours old.
It’s hard to tell what breed she is but she’s a big puppy though. So a medium-large breed such as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or similar.
3. Vukitangitau Maloni, who took the images soon after she was born, said the whole community was shocked.
The genuineness of the pictures was confirmed for The Daily Mail by an animal scientist from Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia, who chose to remain anonymous. He said:
You can tell the photographs are real by looking at the split in her nose — indicating that something occurred bilaterally.
Animals born with abnormal features are quite common in sheep and cattle but it’s pretty rare in dogs.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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