A Dalmatian named Luna nearly broke a world record recently after she gave birth to sixteen pups.
Veterinarian Brittni Turner, who helped deliver the pups, told Newsweek even up until Luna's last trimester, they still had no clue how many puppies she was pregnant with.
"When Luna was in her last week of pregnancy, we took a radiograph at the clinic, which is pretty standard when dogs are pregnant to know if you can count how many [pups] are in there," Turner explained. "It gives you an idea of what to expect for the delivery. When we took her X-ray, we said, 'I don't know, that looks like a lot of puppies!' We couldn't count them, there were too many... We just knew that there was going to be a good amount [of puppies delivered]."
Luna then went into labor around midnight on Thursday and started delivering her pups naturally at home. However, after a good few hours, things got a little complicated...
"She delivered 5 puppies on her own, and then her labor stopped around 6:30 or 7 am," Turner said. "[Luna's owner] texted me on my work phone and I told her to go ahead and come in, just because it was not the normal situation for a large breed dog. They normally don't have a lot of complications [in labor]."
After Turner examined Luna, they found the 6th puppy at an improper position for a natural birth.
"I was able to feel a leg in the birth canal, but just the leg," Turner said. "We took an X-ray and saw that the puppy that was supposed to be coming in the birth canal was breached with its head turned to the side."
Thirty minutes later, Turner and her staff got prepared to help deliver the rest of the pups via caesarian.
"When we got into surgery, I was just pulling out puppy after puppy and we ended up needing to call in all of our receptionists and staff for an all hands on deck to help clean and revive puppies," Turner told KSAT-TV, meaning staff had to clear out the newborn's airways so nothing was clogging them up, allowing them to breathe independently.
"I kept saying to the owner, 'There surely can't be anymore!' And they kept saying, 'There surely can't be anymore!'" Turner told Newsweek. "I then said, 'I know there's at least two more.' Then I would say, 'Oh, there's definitely one more. No, there's two more.'"
A whopping eleven more puppies were born via caesarian. "We kept miscounting the puppies. The owner was back there helping, our receptionist, our technicians. We pretty much had everyone back there helping. Finally, we counted that there were sixteen puppies, and 5 of those were born naturally, which left eleven that we delivered by C-section."
We're just relieved all sixteen pups were born safely and are all currently doing well under the care of their mom Luna and her owners. Talk about 101 Dalmatians?!