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Morpeth two-legged puppy mistaken for a kangaroo

Roo the dog Image copyright Safe Rescue for Dogs

A two-legged puppy who hops around Morpeth is being mistaken for a kangaroo.

Five-month-old Roo is thought to have been born with one front leg missing and lost the other soon after birth.

Saved by charity Safe Rescue for Dogs from Romania, she was then adopted by a couple from Morpeth, Northumberland, in December.

Nikki Dick said people do a "double take" when they see her hopping about because they think she is a kangaroo.

Mrs Dick, 50, and her husband Ian said they "fell in love" with Roo after adopting her.

Image copyright Safe Rescue for Dogs
Image caption Roo goes to weekly hydrotherapy sessions

She said: "At first glance she really does look like a kangaroo and even stands up on her back legs and hops along too.

"Roo doesn't know any different to hopping on her two back legs but she still laps up all the fuss from people.

"She's perfectly happy and pain free and vets are very happy with her progress."

Roo goes to weekly hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions to ease the strain on her back caused by standing on her hind legs.

Mrs Dick said: "She is very independent and it doesn't hold her back at all.

"Despite what she has been through she is full of personality and so loving and we feel very lucky to have her.

"She might look like a kangaroo but to us she is just our little puppy Roo."

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