A Labrador-mix puppy was born with six legs and her breeders were planning to put her down due to her deficiency. But, a loving family was able to come in time to save her.

The 8-week-old puppy was born with two extra front legs that left her to hop around on her back legs like a kangaroo, but she still offers so much energy and love to her new family.

15-year-old Luke Salmon and his family adopted the pup and they named her Roo.

“When she jumps up on us she looks like a kangaroo, hence the name,” said Lauren Salmon, Luke’s mother. “But when she walks, she sort of staggers on her elbows with her bum in the air, like an army crawl.”

When Luke and his mother went to get Roo, the puppy immediately jumped out of her pen and towards the arms of her new family.

“It was love at first sight for Luke and Roo from then on,” Lauren said. “Luke is like a protective father. They never leave each other’s sides and she even sleeps in his bed.”

Luke was often bullied at school for having psoriasis, a condition that leaves the skin covered in flaky red patches. So when Roo came into his life, it improved his days, said Lauren.

“Luke feels like the odd one out because of his condition, and now he’s got a best friend to match,” she added. “I think Roo will reduce Luke’s stress and that should help his skin.”

The family are now looking into helping Roo walk normally again with the help of some experts in the field.

“Her special legs don’t cause her any pain, and it’s easy to see just how full of life she is. She’s full of puppy energy, so we’d describe her as placid but playful,” Lauren said. 

Photos from SWNS

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