Scientists Discover First Ever Identical Twin Puppies


South African researchers have found the first known pair of identical twin puppies.

Scientists from the University of Pretoria were presented with the pair of wolfhound puppies after the mother dog’s owner brought them to her local vet, Kurt de Cramer.

They confirmed in a research paper that the male puppies are the first known identical twin dogs.

The paper said: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of monozygotic twinning in the dog confirmed using DNA profiling”.

The mother dog had been in labour for two hours with no results, so had to have a C-section.

Seven puppies were delivered, but there was a remaining bulge which appeared to be a puppy in a second placenta.

However, it turned out to be two puppies sharing the same placenta.

Mr de Cramer did blood tests on the pair and found they were identical.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph, Helena Horton