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Puppy born with six legs is a 'miracle,' vet hospital says

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Like other newborn puppies, Skipper likes to eat, drink water and go to the bathroom.

(CNN)Like other newborn puppies, Skipper likes to eat, drink water and go to the bathroom.

"This is a miracle named Skipper.

Literally," Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma wrote on its Facebook page on February 21.

Skipper was born naturally -- along with eight brothers and sisters -- on February 16 in Oklahoma during a big snowstorm, Dr. Tina Neel, owner of the Neel Veterinary Hospital, told CNN.

After the storm, Neel said Skipper's owners brought her in to the hospital so vets could examine her.

"Our doctors knew that we needed further imaging to determine a diagnosis so we donated the service of an abdominal ultrasound," Neel told CNN.

Neel said Skipper was likely part of a twin in utero "and when the fertilized egg tried to split, it didn't fully separate. "

"So only the back half of her body was able to duplicate," Neel said.

One week after her birth, Neel said Skipper is thriving.

She loves to nurse and is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy," Neel said.

However, the vets are still monitoring Skipper, given the uniqueness of her situation.

"We will continue to research her conditions, monitor her development during rechecks and help keep Skipper pain-free and comfortable for the rest of life," the vet hospital wrote in its Facebook post.

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