Service dog gives birth to puppies in Tampa International Airport

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Service dog gives birth to puppies in Tampa International Airport

Friday was an exciting day for travelers at Tampa International Airport who got to witness a dog give birth to puppies. As Ellie went into labor, Nugget, the father of her babies, watched calmly.

The 2-year-old yellow lab, Eleanor "Elle" Rigby, (named after The Beatles song of the same name), gave birth to eight puppies - seven males and one female, according to the Tampa Fire Rescue.

Apart from the fire department, a professional nurse who was present at the airport also helped out, although she had to leave in the middle of the delivery because her flight was about to take off.

The owner of the service dog Paramedic Larry Glanton an unidentified woman and Lt Natalie Brown smile for the camera after Ellie delivered all eight of the pups
Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate

They missed the flight, and for the next three hours created a fuzzy spectacle as crowds gathered with phones trying to capture the scene.

Her name is Ellie, and she caused quite a stir on the concourse today as she unexpectedly went into labor.

Ellie the service dog was accompanying a passenger en route to Philadelphia when her litter decided it was time to make its entrance into the world. "Every time she's ready to deliver another one he starts jumping around", James told Tampa Bay Times.

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