A one-eyed cyclops puppy, praised by Thai villagers as fortunate, probably won’t live too long, a vet said.
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The cute little pup, who was named Kevin because of his resemblance to the character of Minions, was born on February 2 in a litter of two in Chachoengsao, central Thailand.
The unusual doggo was said to be fit and healthy two days after his birth and was said to be feeding bottles with his owners daily.
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Kevin is hailed as lucky by his Thai owners but a vet warned that due to his unusual condition he may not have a particularly long life expectancy.
James Portsmouth, lead vet at Animal Trust, told UNILAD:
Cyclopia is a very rare congenital problem where two separate orbital spaces (the cavities in which eyeballs sit) are not developed by the foetus. It’s a form of what’s termed holoprosencephaly medically. Animals that are born with cyclopia also often have irregular lips, noses, and nasal spaces.
Unfortunately, surviving for long after birth is uncommon for these species, as the brain is typically also affected.
Kevin’s human, Somjai Phummaman, said he was getting ready to give birth to two puppies on his bedroom floor, when he noticed his Aspin dog.
The government worker placed the pups warmly in a snug box before looking closer and realizing the odd mutation that Kevin had produced.
We wish the puppy will survive, even if it has a deformity. We want him to remain a pet until he grows up.
He has surprised everyone and said it’s a lucky sign. People said he looks like the one-eyed yellow cartoon character, so after that, we can nickname him.
After others living in the village of Somjai heard of Kevin’s birth, they started flocking to his home to see the dog, who was hailed as fortunate.
Somjai’s daughter said the family was over the moon to have a puppy with the physical abnormality.
So far we’ve looked after the puppy well. He can not be properly breastfed so we have to feed him with the milk bottle.
It is unclear at this point whether the single eye of Kevin can function properly since it can take up to two months for a dog’s eyesight to develop fully anyway.
Here’s to hope the beautiful little doggy defies the odds and lives a long, happy life.
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