There are still many people in this world who were born with ᴜɴᴇxᴘᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴅᴇꜰᴇᴄᴛs. Some are welcomed and respected, while others are ᴅᴇsᴘɪsᴇᴅ for their characteristics. So are animals. Skipper is an illustration of such a scenario. The girl’s mother ʀᴇᴊᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ a unique puppy that was born with six legs and two tails.
The Aussie/Collie mix was born naturally on February 16, along with eight siblings in Oklahoma. While her siblings are perfectly healthy and normal, Skipper’s condition is a little different.
His mother was also ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ so he was transferred to Neel Veterinary Hospital for better treatment. People believe that Skipper is the first to survive and they call her “miracle”, this is Skipper is a miracle. Literally. With a combination of problems, she survived longer than we thought any other dog (only 4 days old – published research did not show a single puppy born alive)
So what makes Skipper so special and unusual? According to the hospital’s veterinarians, an egg appeared in the mother’s womb that had the ability to separate into twins but failed completely and the only dog was the product of that process.
Skipper overcame his circumstances and survived thanks to his own determination and proper medical care. The child also had cloned organs from the waist down, but they were still functioning normally.
Skipper is now surrounded by love and many people are praying for her. Some are still concerned about Skipper’s health, but her carers have confirmed that she is “a happy and healthy puppy”. She doesn’t have ᴘᴀɪɴ. So obviously we have nothing to worry about, at least for the time being.
Regarding her future, Neel Veterinary Hospital has stated that there is “no intention to take her down as there is no evidence that she is or will be in ᴘᴀɪɴ.” Veterinarians predicted Skipper would lead a rich and happy life, but they didn’t know what the future would hold so they “look forward to a ride”.
“She is on her way to a happy and healthy life.” Skipper may need physical therapy and mobility assistance as she ages. We will continue to study her condition, monitor her development during follow-up visits, and keep Skipper ᴘᴀɪɴ-ꜰʀᴇᴇ and comfortable for the rest of her life.