Pets & Animals

Double the cuteness! Meet the world's first identical twin puppies

Is there anything cuter than a little puppy? How about TWO identical puppies!

For the first time in recorded history, twin dogs have been born and identified.

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Kurt de Cramer, a veterinarian in Mogale City, South Africa, was busy performing a Caesarean section on an Irish wolfhound, something he does around 900 times a year, when he noticed something unusual. Dr. de Cramer delivered two puppies from the same placenta — something he hadn't seen in his 26 years as a vet.

"When I realised 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," de Cramer told the BBC.

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Kurt de Cramer
First known puppy twins

It wasn't until two different rounds of genetic testing were completed that the doctor's suspicions were confirmed — the dogs were identical twins!

Kurt de Cramer
First known puppy twins

These little guys were a bit smaller than the rest of their five siblings when they were born, but now that they're six weeks old they're fitting right in with the pack.

Kurt de Cramer

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We bet it's just a matter of time before they're pulling the old switcheroo on mom!

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