LOOK: Puppy with rare one-eye condition born in Aklan
A puppy with a rare congenital condition that causes just one eye to be developed in the middle of the forehead was recently born in Tangalan, Aklan.
Photos of the unnamed newborn male pooch were posted on Facebook over the weekend by its owner Amie de Martin, who also shared the news to Boracay Island News Network, a local news outlet in their province.
In an interview with INQUIRER.net, a staff of the Boracay Island News Network said the puppy is a mixed breed of an Aspin and Japanese Spitz, and is one of the six puppies that were born in the province on Saturday evening, Feb. 6. It does not have a nose and even its mouth was not properly developed.
The puppy’s condition called “cyclopia” is a rare birth defect caused by abnormality in brain development, wherein there is a failure to develop two hemispheres, which leads to structural deformities of the head and face. This unique cephalic disorder is the most severe type of defect among infants, both in humans and animals, and is linked to low survival rates.
Due to its condition, de Martin’s puppy did not survive and died shortly after birth.
The puppy’s remains, scheduled to be injected with formalin today, Feb. 8, will be kept inside a jar after de Martin’s decision to preserve the puppy’s body as family remembrance. JB