Oh boy? Confusion over gender of ‘hero’ dog injured in IS raid

Confusion over the gender of the dog that helped US forces kill Abu Bakr al Baghdadi may finally be resolved – after the Pentagon confirmed he is male.

Contradictory statements about Conan have been pinging back and forth since the canine appeared with President Trump at the White House on Monday.

The president used male pronouns as he heaped praise on the Belgian Malinois, who appeared to take a particular shine to Vice President Mike Pence.

Conan the dog with President Trump
Image: Conan seemed to enjoy the attentions of Vice President Mike Pence
Conan the dog
Image: Conan chased former IS leader into a tunnel at his compound

Conan was hurt when he was exposed to electrical wires while chasing the former IS leader at his Syria compound – but is now back at work.

However, shortly after the dog’s moment in the spotlight, a White House official contradicted the president’s language and said the dog was female – before switching the gender back to male just a few hours later.

The water was muddied further on Tuesday when Pentagon officials told ABC News that Conan was a girl.

Bordering on the farcical, two more defence officials waded in almost immediately to correct that report, telling ABC they had “triple checked” and that Conan “for sure” is a boy.

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Twitter debate continues though, with some claiming photos of the dog clearly show it’s female, and US senator Ted Cruz joking: “Actually, she identifies as a cat.”

But surely the clue’s in the name?