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The World's First Identical Twin Puppies Were Born And They're Absurdly Cute

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You guys... we are seeing double in the best way.

It's official: Two puppies that were born in South Africa are confirmed to be the first identical dogs ever.

Kurt de Cramer

I know. No one thought it was possible, but Kurt de Cramer, a vet who performed a Caesarean section on an Irish Wolfhound, knew these pups could possibly be identical when he noticed something strange.

Dr. de Cramer delivered the twins from the same placenta, which in his 26 years of practice he says he's never seen occur.

He told BBC,

When I realised that the puppies were of the same gender and that they had very similar markings, I also immediately suspected that they might be identical twins having originated from the splitting of an embryo.

These pups look so much alike. I mean, look at the spots around their eyes and on their noses! They're literally mirror images of each other.

Kurt de Cramer

All puppies look similar when they're born, so he and his team weren't 100 percent sure until testing their DNA.

To prove they were identical twins, DNA samples were taken from the entire litter six weeks after they were born. Scientists wanted to see how their genetics compared to their brothers and sisters.

They were able to confirm this pair's genetics were identical -- so these dogs are the first confirmed pair of identical canine twins.

Science is awesome, and in this case, incredibly adorable.

Citations: A dog has given birth to the first identical twin puppies (BBC)