A golden retriever service dog about to board a domestic flight in the United States has instead given birth to a litter of puppies at the airport terminal in front of astonished fellow passengers.
Fortunately, Tampa Fire & Rescue's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters paramedics were close by to help out with the canine delivery.
Ellie - short for Eleanor Rigby - gave birth to seven boys and one girl.
Photos and a video of the incident were uploaded on the fire department's Twitter page under the hashtag "AirportPuppies".
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The puppies, their parents, and humans missed the flight.
Van Atter said she has mobility and pain issues, Nipps said, and the dogs were service dogs, though Eleanor Rigby was still in training.
The pregnant yellow lab was flying to Philadelphia with her owner and her "partner", Nugget. They now plan to drive from Tampa to Philadelphia - roughly 1,000 miles - with their 10 dogs, the Miami Herald reported.
Diane Van Atter and her stepmother were on their way to Philadelphia with their two service dogs when the female, Eleanor Rigby, went into labour, NBC news reports.