Skipper the puppy is quite literally a miracle after she has survived much longer than any other pup with her congenital conditions has. Research has shown that a puppy like Skipper has never even been born alive before.
Skipper was born with six legs, and has congenital conjoining disorders called monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus.
In simpler terms, this means she has one head and chest cavity, but has two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive systems, two tails, and of course, six legs! She also has signs of spina bifida along her spine.
This could happen when the puppy would’ve had a litter mate, but did not separate in utero.
On the bright side, her organs are in great shape, she is urinating and defecating on her own, is growing how she should be, and appears to be very strong.
As she gets older, she will most likely need physical therapy and assistance with mobility, but as of now she is being monitored and cared for around the clock by her new family, as well as staff at Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Skipper’s family has created a Facebook page for people to follow along on her journey. Click here to follow.