Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport

Eight puppies were born in total. Source Facebook Tampa International AirportMore

Other passengers came and went, casually sipping their coffees and charging their phones as they watched puppy after puppy delivered on the carpet, airport spokeswoman Emily Nipps said.

Here's something you don't see every day. a two-year-old yellow lab named Eleanor Rigby - or "Ellie" for short - gave birth near gate F-80.

And yes, the two women have since missed their flight to Philly. "She was going up to people and saying hello".

Ellie was waiting to fly with her owner, Diane Van Atter, to Philadelphia when she unexpectedly went into labor.

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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. Tampa International Airport wrote on its Facebook page.

The puppies' father, a service dog named Nugget, was among the onlookers at the airport. The family, puppies and all, will be driving to Philadelphia instead, about 1,000 miles.

Ellie, who was pregnant with 8 puppies, gave birth one-by-one with the puppies' dad, Nugget, also Van Atter's dog, right by her side.

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