TIL That Dogs Cannot Give Birth to Identical Twins

I’m going to confess that I don’t know much about biology. Dog biology.

So when this story came in I didn’t think much of it.

Dog gives birth to identical twin puppies.

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It seemed like a normal day for Kurt de Cramer, a vet in a busy veterinary practice in South Africa’s Rant en Dal Animal Hospital in Mogale City.

He was performing a Caesarean section on a female Irish wolfhound, who showed distress and prolonged abdominal straining when she was due to give birth. For de Cramer it was a routine event; he averages about 900 Caesarean sections each year.

But something was different about this delivery. When he started the procedure, de Cramer noticed that the wolfhound had an unusual bulging by her uterus.

At first, he thought the lump was excess fluid surrounding a foetus. De Cramer painstakingly extracted this foetus from the bulge by making an incision into the dog’s uterus.

That was when the real shock came. He found not one, but two foetuses. They were both attached with umbilical cords to the same placenta.

The pups had small differences in their white markings (Credit: Kurt de Cramer)
Ht/ Annie- who wants to name them.

35 Comments on TIL That Dogs Cannot Give Birth to Identical Twins

  1. Strange as it seems, I’ve always found that if you wait a few days, the pet(s) will let you know what their names are. They do, after all, have their own dignity and a name should reflect that.

  2. They do, after all, have their own dignity >>>
    Yes, with my last dog I waited a few days and it became clear that his name would be Ass Licker. So much for dignity.

    (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.
    And you know I love dogs…. more than people.)

  3. Those faces! I can almost smell the puppy breath. I know, I’m weird, but I love puppy breath and little needle teeth.

    They should name them Cu and Chulainn. Moe Tom will know what I mean.

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