A puppy dog was born with a peculiarity: ha six functioning paws and is in good health although the malformation he is suffering from is very serious.
The puppy is called Skipper and is the result of the union of a border collie and an Australian shepherd dog. The puppy was born with a rare malformation and, in fact, has six legs. She was born with her eight siblings on February 16 in Oklahoma as a snow storm raged outside. Despite the malformation, the puppy managed to survive inside the uterus without problems and, one week after birth, she seems to be in excellent health. The doctors of the Neel Veterinary Hospital who gave birth said that she suffers from a rare and known malformation and that Skipper has two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two tails, 2 reproductive systems, a bifid back and, as we have said, 6 legs.
Skipper can be considered a real one miracle of nature because in scientific literature it has never been documented that a puppy, affected by this malformation, survived the birth. A case similar to that of Skipper, in fact, was documented in 2016 but in this case the puppy was unable to survive because, due to the six paws, it got stuck inside the birth canal, forcing the doctors to carry out a caesarean delivery. As of today, the doctors tell us, Skipper enjoys excellent health and vital signs and organs are functioning properly and growth is also within normal parameters.
Even the two extra legs seem to be fully functional and sensitive to external stimuli. However, the veterinarians of the clinic tell us, it is likely that over the years Skipper may have problems with walking and that he will need physical support to move and follow physiotherapy. And it is precisely for this reason, to pay for all the necessary care, that the owners of Skipper have organized one small fundraiser aimed at helping the dog.
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