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Dog gives birth to 17 puppies in Germany

20 December 2010 Last updated at 17:51 GMT

A dog in Germany has given birth to 17 puppies.

Etana, the Rhodesian Ridgeback from Ebereschenhof, north of Berlin had nine dogs and eight bitches.

The litter is unusual in that all were born naturally with no need for a Caesarian section and all have survived.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a hunting dog originating from Zimbabwe and it was originally bred to help hunt lions.