Saturday, 5 October 2013

'Miracle' Calf Born With TWO Heads

Two headed calf

Seeing double: A calf in Vermont has been born with two heads. Incredibly, she survived.
Two headed calf
The calf is known as polycephalic, which means having more than one head. A vet has explained that the little one was supposed to be a twin but the egg didn't separate properly

Two heads, two snouts, four eyes - one brain.

A baby calf is being hailed a 'blessing' after being born with two heads and surviving.

The little heifer was one of eight calves born on a farm in Whiting, Vermont, on Tuesday.

A vet has determined the cute cow is perfectly healthy, explaining that she was supposed to be a twin but the egg did not separate properly.
Two headed calf
Nap time: She was only born on Tuesday

She has not yet been named.

Farmer Kirsten Quesnel said they were excited by the delivery.

'It just was something different for us today,' Quesnel told WPTZ.

'Just like with humans we have some abnormalities with animals and animal births and this just happened to be one of them.'

Because the calf only has one brain, each head mimics the other.

So when she is feeding, her other side is sucking too.
Two headed calf
A reporter shows how the calf can eat from both mouths
Two headed calf
Mmm, milk: Calf has a rest after being fed

She is capable of eating with both mouths.

'Call it a miracle or call it unique, call it what you will, we're just blessed with this and we'll see where it goes from here,' Quesnel said.

'We had the vet take a look at her earlier today to check all of her signs and she seems to be doing very well.'

In many cases, calves with deformities such as these don't survive after being born.
Two headed half
In Georgia in January, another calf was born with two heads
Six-legged cow
Last year, an Oklahoma family revealed their six-legged cow

In an extraordinary case earlier this year, a New Zealand farmer delivered a stillborn calf that had eight legs, four ears, two bodies and one head.

In January 2011, a two-headed cow was born in Georgia.

The farmer said that the animal ate with both heads -- just like the calf in Vermont.
Last year, a ranching family from  Anadarko, Oklahoma, became famous for their six-legged calf.
The extra legs were attached to the cow's back.

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