Meet Skipper, The Six-Legged Puppy

Chad George, Writer

Skipper, a six legged Border Collie and Australian Shepherd Mix, was born February 16 in Oklahoma during a snowstorm along with eight brothers and sisters. After the snowstorm, Dr. Tina Neel, the owner of the Neel Veterinary Hospital, examined the puppy and performed an ultrasound to better determine a diagnosis. The ultrasound, along with radiographs, showed two types of congenital disorders called monocephalus dipygus and monocephalus rachipagus dibrachius tetrapus. Along with her two extra legs, Skipper has one head and one chest cavity, two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive regions, and two tails. Dr. Tina Neel said, “It’s likely that Skipper was part of a twin in the womb, and when the fertilized egg tried to split, it didn’t fully separate.” When Skipper was born, she was rejected by her birth mother and, as a result, she had to be bottle fed. Skipper also showed signs of Spina Bifida, a birth defect where the spinal column doesn’t close properly during development, which could result in future problems surrounding her mobility. Vets say Skipper will grow properly since her condition is congenital and not genetic.To learn more about Skipper and her medical phenomenons, you can check out her Facebook called Skipper’s Journey if you are interested in updates on her progress.