When an animal gives birth, it’s usually wonderful because there are few things cuter than a newborn baby animal. However, one Dalmatian mother’s massive new brood has left onlookers speechless… and making allusions to a specific Disney film.
Luna the Dalmatian was expecting a litter and was rushed to Fredericksburg Veterinary Center on June 24 for an emergency C-section by her owners from Fredricksburg, Texas.
Five puppies were born normally, according to KSAT, but a sixth was unable to come out on its own. Brittni Turner, a veterinarian, performed the surgery and assisted Luna in giving birth to the rest of her brood.
The size of the litter, however, surprised everyone: she gave birth to 16 puppies!
“I was so focused on the surgery preparation, I didn’t even check the number of puppies left inside,” Turner told KSAT. “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.”
The vet said it was the biggest dog litter she has ever performed a C-section on. “The staff kept saying. ‘surely there can’t be anymore and then I would pull out two more. It was absolute chaos.”
Thankfully, the birth went smoothly, and delighted mom Luna appears to be in good health despite having had so many puppies. A photograph shows her admiring her children:
Of course, the whole scene is something straight out of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians, and Turner says the vet staff made plenty of jokes.
Luna actually gave birth to a larger litter than the one depicted in the cartoon, despite the fact that she isn’t nearly 101. (Pongo and Perdita give birth to 15, the rest are adopted later.)
Just keep them out of Cruella DeVil’s path.
The litter of 16 is beautiful, but it falls short of the all-time record of 19 pups, which was set in 2019 by a Dalmatian named Melody in Australia.
Even so, it’s a breathtaking sight to behold. It was the first time any of the vets had ever seen something like it. Dalmatians have a litter size of six to nine puppies on average.
“There were puppies everywhere!” Fredericksburg Veterinary Center wrote on Facebook. “It wasn’t 101 Dalmatians, but it was enough for us to have our hands full this morning!”
In other good news, KSAT adds that after the puppies are old enough to leave their mother, all of them have already found forever homes.