Service dog gives birth to puppies in Tampa International Airport

Tampa dog birth

Travelers killing time at Tampa International Airport's Gasparilla Bar got an unexpected show Friday when a dog gave birth to eight puppies near Gate F81.

This is not something you expect to see when going to the airport.

Eleanor Rigby, or Ellie for short, is a yellow lab that turned 2 years old earlier this month.

Van Atter said Rigby was still training as a service dog to help her with mobility and pain issues.

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The puppies were delivered by Tampa Fire Rescue, who chronicled the entire delivery on Twitter. The father of the puppies - a dog named Golden Nugget - was also present at the scene of the delivery.

Dogs are normally pregnant for around 65 days. "Every time she's ready to deliver another one he starts jumping around", James told Tampa Bay Times.

A round of applause - and a few barks - echoed through the terminal after Puppy 8 (a girl!) was successfully delivered. She and her owner were on their way to Philadelphia when Ellie went into labor.

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