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IN Animals ON 14 Sep, 2016
Two little blessings sent from above. With the cutest smile and the long tail. Meet the World's first identical twin puppies. Miracles happen every day, right?
A female Irish Wolfhound has given birth to the first identical twin puppies on record.
It was an ordinary day for Kurt de Cramer, a busy veterinarian at South Africa's Rant en Dal Animal Hospital in Mogale City. He was conducting a surgical operation of a female Irish Wolfhound, but soon he realized that this delivery was different. When he started, he noticed that the wolfhound had an unusual bulging by her uterus. At first, he thought the lump was excess fluid surrounding a fetus. Soon he extracted that fetus from the bulge by making an incision into the dog's uterus. Nature's forces also require attention and respect so that something else may be born and soon de Cramer realized that there are two fetuses and they both attached with umbilical cords to the same placenta.
"When I realized that the puppies were of the same gender and that they had very similar markings, I also immediately suspected that they might be identical twins having originated from the splitting of an embryo," says de Cramer.
Sometimes two are better than one. Dog lovers say cheers!
Kurt de Cramer had seen the delivery of two living puppies from one placenta for the 1st time in 26 years of practice.
"The twins looked very similar," says Carolynne Joone of James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. "But pups from the same litter often do, there were small differences in the white markings on their paws, chests and the tips of their tails. I wasn't sure they were monozygotic at all initially."
"Human identical twins also have the same genes, but because those genes are expressed differently in each person, they have different freckle and fingerprint patterns," says De Cramer.