Baby Cow Born With Three Eyes And Two Pairs Of Nostrils
People in India are queuing up to visit a baby cow which was born with three eyes and two pairs of nostrils.
Farmer Neeraj Chandel noticed the unique features of the cow as soon as its mother, a Holstein Friesian jersey cow, gave birth to it, though he initially believed the calf had ‘some kind of a wound on his forehead’.
With the help of a torch, farm workers at the property in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India then realised the ‘wound’ was actually a third eye located right in the middle of the other two.
See footage of the calf below:
Recalling the memorable ‘nocturnal’ birth, Neeraj added: ‘We then found four nostrils which further saw the locals thronging our home.’
People from the area reportedly believe the unusual-looking cow is an incarnation of God, with many convinced it is the Hindu God Shiva, also known as the Lord of Cattle.
In spite of its extra facial features, the farmer assured the calf is ‘moving normally and drinks milk from the mother’s udder’, as well as making ‘good use’ of the third eye on its forehead.
The Indian calf weighs around 30lbs, and also has a longer tongue than the average calf.
Convinced the animal will bring villagers good luck and prosperity, many locals have been bringing gifts such as coconuts and flowers when visiting the animal.
Neeraj said the situation is ‘like God has visited us’, though private practitioner Madan Anand has explained that the extra eye and nostrils are purely down to science, describing it as ‘just another case of deformity’.
He added: ‘It has nothing to do with the superstitions or even faith. People should be made aware, especially those who are from rural areas who tend to worship such animals. The local veterinarians in their respective domains such held awareness campaigns to avoid such practices.’
A local vet who conducted a medical screening has confirmed that the three-eyed calf is currently healthy, and Neeraj noted the two other calves his cow has given birth to previously are ‘healthy and without any mutation’.
Hopefully the calf will remain healthy and live to grow old, but sadly one livestock department official expressed belief that the calf may not be destined for a very long life.
They commented: ‘These are rare cases but such mutant animals do not survive for a longer period. They either live for 24 months or they can die in a couple of weeks.’
Anand believes this particular deformity is the result of a hormonal disorder.
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