Tiny puppy fits into spoon at birth
NEW YORK (AP) -- A very tiny puppy is sitting inside a coffee mug, trying without success to escape by scratching its little paws against the slippery surface. In recent days, this famous dog has been placed alongside a variety of small objects -...
NEW YORK (AP) -- A very tiny puppy is sitting inside a coffee mug, trying without success to escape by scratching its little paws against the slippery surface. In recent days, this famous dog has been placed alongside a variety of small objects -- an iPhone, a business card and a tape measure, among other things -- to demonstrate just how tiny she really is.
This is Beyonce, a female dachshund mix who was born March 8 to a rescue dog that was found abandoned, wandering the streets of San Bernardino, Calif. At birth, she weighed just 1 ounce and could fit into a teaspoon. Her caretakers say she's one of the smallest puppies ever born full-term -- and her story of unlikely survival has captured the attention of people all over the world.
"We had an ultrasound done, and they actually saw that there were five puppies, but one was probably going to be stillborn," said Beth Decaprio, executive director of the Grace Foundation of Northern California, which rehabilitates abused and neglected animals. "It didn't look like a viable baby."
Beyonce wasn't breathing when she was born at the foundation's farm in El Dorado Hills, Calif. A veterinarian tried to revive her by performing chest compressions. Then he passed her over to Decaprio.
"I blew a couple little breaths in her mouth," Decaprio said. "And she started to breathe on her own."
At 3 weeks old, Beyonce is now about the size of an iPhone, but she isn't cowed by her much bigger brothers and sisters. She crawled on top of the wriggling puppies as they nursed, trying to push them out of the way.
"They just consider her another sibling," Decaprio said. "But she is a survivor, and she's a tough little one."