? BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) August 31, 2016
Veterinarian Kurt de Cramer noticed that two were were attached to the same placenta as he was doing the mother dog's C-section. He successfully delivered seven pups. According to an article on HelloGiggles, de Cramer said:
When I realized 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.
While it's highly likely thatÂ identical twin puppies have been born before, it's the first time it's been scientifically noted, making these the first identical twin puppies on record. More on this, quoting Good Housekeeping:
Reproductive specialist Carolynne Joone of James Cook University in Townsville told the BBC that yes, it is possible that there have been other identical twin dogs before, and yes, it's hard to know if this really is the first case. Because this particular mother happened to have a C-section, the vet was lucky enough to be able to see the shared placenta â but after most dogs give birth, the mother will eat the placentas, which means there would be no clear evidence that any two puppies were twins, Joone explained.