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A British dog could have set a new world record after naturally giving birth to an astonishing 21 puppies.
Great Dane and American bulldog cross Mary Jane, known affectionately as MJ, caused her owner Jane Hine's jaw to hit the floor in shock when she gave birth to the extraordinary brood.
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Ms Hine, from the Isle of Man, had been told that the pooch would give birth to between six to eight puppies, although a scan close to the due date warned the actual total would be much higher.
The Guiness World Record currently stands at 24 puppies born to a Neapolitan mastiff called Tia in Cambridgeshire in 2004 but, as these were born by cesarean, MJ's litter may be in with a chance.
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Joanne said: 'When the vets told me it would probably be more after they’d said she would have just six to eight I said ‘no way!’.
'I’m so proud of her. MJ did it all on her own with Annie and Ruth of Jane Callow Veterinary Practice by her side the whole time.
'MJ only has nine nipples and...
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