Dozen African painted dog pups get first checkup at Oregon Zoo

Veterinarian Kelli Flaminio and keeper Beth Foster hold a one month-old African painted dog puppy during its first veterinary exam. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham

PORTLAND, Ore. — African painted dog Ella’s two-month-old pups had their first veterinarian exams on Thursday, and Oregon Zoo officials say they are all healthy and growing fast.

The exam also served as a gender reveal of sorts – as we now know there are six girls and six boys.

The pups were born in early November. Since then, the zoo has offered several updates on the growth and development of the dozen puppies.

According to the zoo, a lot of planning goes into examining so many dogs at once.

“The neonatal checkup itself was a study in logistics: 18 humans and 12 painted dog pups gathered around the behind-the-scenes…

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