A puppy with six legs has been born in the US – and vets are describing her as a “miracle”.
It’s believed that Skipper was supposed to have a twin, but they failed to completely split apart… meaning she has twice as many body parts from the waist down.
Although she has just one head and chest, she’s got two pelvic regions, two reproductive systems, and two tails.
Veterinary specialists say they haven’t been able to find any published case studies of a puppy being born alive with her congenital condition.
Skipper was born in Oklahoma City on 16 February, and at a check-up 10 days later, she was described as “strong and determined”.
Because her condition is congenital as opposed to genetic, vets are optimistic that Skipper has a good life ahead of her.
At this point, they don’t think she’ll need to have any of her legs removed because they are all responding to stimulus.
Her extra legs could even serve as an advantage and help with her stability and balance as she learns how to walk.
The top priority now is teaching her human mum how to perform a simple range of motion exercises that will help keep her legs strong.
With 50% more paws to love, offers have been coming in thick and fast to support Skipper as she grows up.
The pampered pooch’s family have been offered funds to foot her veterinary bills… and a lifetime supply of treats to boot.
Neel Veterinary Hospital added: “Positively, her organs appear to be in great shape, she is peeing and pooping, and is very strong! She nurses well and is growing appropriately so far.”