Guide dog gives birth to 8 pups in airport

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A US guide dog unexpectedly gave birth to eight puppies in the middle of the Tampa International Airport.

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Rigby, a two-year-old yellow Labrador, delivered the pups with the help of Tampa Fire Rescue’s medical team.

Her owners knew she was pregnant, but did not realise how close she was to going into labour.

Ellie and father Nugget are now parents to seven males and one female pup.

An airport spokesperson said that Ellie and Nugget’s owners, a woman and her daughter, were set to board their flight to Philadelphia with the two service dogs when Ellie went into labour.

The family – and their eight new additions – missed their flight.

41 Responses

  1. Cute but I feel sorry that they missed their flight, Oh well, at least that’s cute and adorable. And they can always cry themselves a river, build a bridge and get over it!

  2. Wow that is so amazing. I hope the family that own the dog will be able to look after the pups. I hope that they will live an awesome life!!

    Keep the mother safe and pups!

  3. Cute puppies ?! those puppies are SO SO cute one thing i think its not so fair is ONLY One FEMALE and SEVEN MALE so that why i think it not fair

  4. wow giving birth to eight pups hard work really so cute i want a dog and cat but i live in a small space so i can’t have animals in my house at the moment

  5. I love puppies ? their so cute but I’m sorry ? about there flight to ……. !

  6. so cute!!! I am sorry they missed their flight but look on the bright side 8 cute new arrivals!!


  7. i feel sorry for the dog to because it has to walk around with 8 pups in her belly 🙁

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