Rottweiler Gives Birth To Whopping Litter Of 16 Puppies
A family who were expecting their pregnant pooch to give birth to six puppies couldn't believe their eyes when she ended up popping out 16.
I mean, that is the opposite of a problem, isn't it? Too many puppies.
Soldier Mark Marshall, 32, and his wife Laura now have to pitch in to help out rottweiler Roxy with the feeds in order to give her break, and have introduced a strict regime to make sure all the pups are fed and happy.
Mark and Laura, who have five kids, are now getting ready to say bye to the massive brood, as the pups have just turned eight weeks old and will soon be going off to their new homes.
All except one, Bella, who they plan on keeping. I don't know how they could bear to part with any of these little cuties; I'd just have to accept that my life now involves a LOT of dogs.
Mark, a corporal with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment at Weeton Barracks, near Blackpool, said: "The scan showed six puppies and I thought, 'Great, I'm happy with that.'
"So we had six in our heads the whole time, the scans are usually pretty accurate apparently.
"But no - there was another.
"I was so shocked at how many we ended up with. Obviously we hadn't prepared ourselves for that but in the end, it's been a nice surprise.
"It's definitely been a lot to handle and it has been really tiring.
"I was feeding them in groups of eight for eight days straight and going to work in between."
Roxy gave birth to her pups on 12 March - at first, because Mark and Laura hadn't bred dogs before, the couple were unaware anything unusual was going on.
Mark said: "We heard a noise downstairs so went down to check and Roxy was hiding behind the sofa.
"We got her back into bed then went back upstairs. She kept on crying, so we went to check again and saw a puppy lying on the floor.
"Then we saw one in the kitchen. She delivered another four within the next half hour and by 12pm she had delivered 13.
"I went out to get a few things for them and got a call to say another three had come along. I couldn't believe it."
It's thought to be one of the largest litters in the UK.
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