A puppy with six legs has been born in the US – and vets are describing her as a “miracle”.
The pup, named Skipper, is an Aussie Border Collie mix that was born six days ago at Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City. All of Skipper’s legs can move and respond to stimuli and the vets say she is eating and growing normally.
Sadly, her mother rejected her so she is being bottle-fed. And while she appears to be doing well, the vets say Skipper may need physical therapy and mobility assistance when she gets older.
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. Because her condition is congenital as opposed to genetic, vets are optimistic that Skipper has a good life ahead of her.
“It’s very exciting, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about her and what she can teach us,” Veterinary specialists said.
At this point, they don’t think she’ll need to have any of her legs re.moved because they are all responding to stimuli.
However, Skipper needs special care, her owners have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of treatment and possible surgery. ‘She will require many vet visits and possibly future surgery to fix some issues if they arise,’ organizer Jenny Golden wrote on the page.