Puppy has half a body but lives full life

Puppy has half a body but lives full life
PHOTO: Bonsai's Facebook

This dog was born with just half a spine, no pelvis and tiny deformed hind legs. It is a human condition rarely seen in animals.

Bonsai, a 2.5-month-old pup, was born to an English bulldog breeder in Arkansas, US. Bonsai was also born a "Walrus Puppy" (water pup).

It means it was engorged with fluid which, combined with a lack of hind end mobility, led to a condition called Swimmer's Syndrome.

Swimmer's Syndrome is a condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides - putting pressure on the internal organs, the Mail Online reported.

A YouCaring page has been set up to pay for Bonsai's care.

It has so far received US$8,022 (S$10,840) in funding as of yesterday.

No cure

The Swimmer's Syndrome is reversible with time and therapy but there is no cure for Bonsai's malformed spine and pelvis, which means he had to undergo amputation of both of his hind legs.

He is recovering well but will require multiple in-depth diagnostics on his internal anatomy to help manage his conditions.

The dog's Facebook page, which has more than 21,000 likes, features dozens of pictures of Bonsai behaving just like any other puppy, playing with toys, dressed in a onesie and just enjoying himself despite his limitations.

Ms Elizabeth Hart, one of Bonsai's rescuers, told The Huffington Post that he brings a lot of joy to the rescue home with his spunky spirit.

He has even become famous for a new trick - the handstand.


This article was first published on July 12, 2015.
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