A couple have stunned the internet by letting their dog choose the gender of their unborn child.
Serena and Jacob Cukjati were struggling to choose between male and female embryos during their in vitro fertilisation (IVF) journey.
So the couple from San Antonio, Texas, decided to let their loyal pup, Charlie, do it for them.
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In the video, which has gained more than 25,000 views, 35-year-old Serena explained: "Okay, so we haven’t been able to decide if we want to transfer a girl or a boy embryo first. We have two girls and one boy for those of you who are new.”
They asked the doctor which one the strongest embryo was and the specialist told the pair that “our boy and one of our girls pretty much was exactly the same.”
So, they turned to pooch Charlie, who was tasked with picking one of two tennis balls with "boy" and "girl" written on them.
"Whichever one he brings back, that’s what we’re going to go with and it’s going to be final," Serena explained.
In the TikTok clip, Charlie was seen wearing a teal harness as Jacob prepared to throw both balls across their backyard.
He then released the dog and said: "Bubs, are you ready for your big day?"
When the 31-year-old bloke threw the balls, Charlie sprinted toward the balls before stopping and making his choice.
But the dog went "back and forth" for a while before returning with one of the balls in his mouth.
However, the couple didn't reveal what he picked as they urged followers to "come back on August 7 to find out which embryo Charlie picked!"
The mother-to-be told the New York Post that they chose IVF after failing several times to conceive a child naturally.
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She explained: "When we ended up in IVF, a lot of those surprises were taken from us as the process of IVF is much more about science than it is about chance.
“We really wanted to find opportunities to add a little magic back into growing our family and we felt like including our dogs was the perfect idea since they are such a big part of our lives. Jacob and I have always talked about our first baby as a certain gender and let’s just say, Charlie picked the opposite of that.
“We were so thrilled and it has been so magical getting to visualise our transfer date of July 25th and my upcoming pregnancy with not only a specific gender in mind but a specific embryo.
“IVF can be such a thief of joy at times. For many of us going through fertility treatments, we’ve had to adjust our expectations significantly on what growing a family looks like, so it is incredibly special to find little moments of joy along the way.”
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