Dalmatian Breaks World Record With 19 Puppy Litter
Everyone loves a good puppy video, and luckily for you, we have one below.
But you don't just have the pleasure of admiring one little bundle of joy, the footage below shows 19 of them - and their mum is said to have broken the record for the largest litter for her breed.
In what must have been an exhausting feat for the animal, she delivered the little cuties in Australia last month - and of course, people are comparing it to Disney's 101 Dalmatians.
Dog breeder Melissa O'Brien said her dog, Melody, gained 15 kilograms during her pregnancy, so she knew it would be a big litter - but she didn't realise quite how big it would be. They were born by C-section, and speaking to local reporters, Melissa said it was like a 'never ending supply'.
A team of eight people helped O'Brien and Melody deliver the puppies, who all came out white, instead of spotted like their mother. The puppies develop their spots as they get older - as Cruella de Vil famously found out.
Assisting in the delivery was experienced vet Chris Wolmarans. Speaking to 9 News, he said: "We knew this was big... Everybody had a puppy they were resuscitating, and cleaning, and dealing with.
"It's a picture because they're just white, and you think what's gone wrong here...But the spots actually only come out, sort of, the week later."
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The 19 pups consist of ten male and nine females.
Melissa has decided to name them all after Disney characters in homage to 101 Dalmations. Some of the names she has chosen include Pumbaa from The Lion King, Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
She said that this litter was Melody's first, and it will also be her last.
She continued: "No more puppies. She's retired now. She's had two litters in one, so that's it for her."
9 News has said that the litter has been snapped up - not surprisingly, just look at those little faces. It said that on Monday only six were still left for sale.
The previous world record for a Dalmatian litter was reportedly also in Australia. Two years ago, breeder Cecilia Langton-Bunker's dog, Miley, gave birth to 18 puppies in one go in Ballarat in Victoria.
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