Farmer Somanlal Yadav could not believe his eyes when his pregnant cow delivered the deformed two-headed calf with its two heads blinking independently. Villagers have flocked to witness the beast.
A mutant calf with two heads, four eyes, two noses, and two mouths has been born in northeastern India. Ka Ban said the baby cow was born on Tuesday, and is healthy but has difficulty moving around.
Rare footage taken at a farm in Amarpur, Tripura, shows the newborn struggling to stand on its feet under the weight of its heads, which are joined directly to each other. The two heads were joined at the neck and each one had two eyes but shared three ears.
A man then can be seen bottle-feeding the animal, which is lying down on a bed of hay.
Local people in Rajnandgaon’s Panega, Chhattisgarh, Central India, gathered in large groups to witness and worship the spectacle. Many left cash gifts believing the abnormality to be a miracle.
At the time, farmer Vasko Petrovski said the veterinarian that examined the animal told him it was functioning normally and the owner was determined to keep the calf healthy and alive.
Biologists say two-headed animals develop when a single fertilized egg does not separate completely or when a gene that controls for head width gets overexpressed.
He said: ‘It is the rarest of the rare case. In such cases, the survival rate is very low.
‘It is around 38% and it becomes very difficult to save the calf. It has two heads, two ears, and four eyes.’