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Is This Newborn Really Walking? Take a Look & See

Jennifer Mattern

Spoiler alert: This newborn isn’t actually ready to walk the dog. But hey! Science is cool.

In this short video — which has racked up 80 million views and counting — a baby girl assisted by an amazed midwife seems to be strolling along on two tiny feet.

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The video itself is a bit of mystery, with facts and details hard to track down. Here’s what we know: The clip is believed to have been filmed in Brazil at the Santa Cruz Hospital (based on the midwife’s scrubs — how Nancy Drew is that?) and was posted to Facebook by Arlete Arlantes. It’s not clear if Arlantes is the midwife, the mother, a hospital employee or the baby herself (hey, she’s advanced for her age). But check it out:
And in case you don’t speak Portuguese:

“Oh my gosh, the girl is walking. Good gracious!” is what the midwife is crowing, according to The Independent. She continues, “Merciful father. I was trying to wash her here and she keeps getting up to walk.”

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We hate to bum you out, but there is no miracle at work here. What we’re seeing is fun old science. This newborn is showing off her very on-point stepping reflex. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, babies occasionally appear to dance or march when they are held upright with their feet touching something solid (like a table or Mom’s lap). This reflex sticks around for the first two months of most babies’ lives, which is maybe less exciting than an all-out miracle, but still pretty darn cool, no?

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