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'Extremely Rare' Calf Born With Third Eye On Forehead

Jess Hardiman

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'Extremely Rare' Calf Born With Third Eye On Forehead

Featured Image Credit: Wales News Service

An 'extremely rare' cow was born with a third eye in the middle of its forehead - although despite its unique nature, it's still destined for the same fate as other animals on its beef farm.

Vet Malan Hughes was TB-testing animals in North Wales when she stumbled upon a four-month-old calf with an unusual feature at a farm in Brynmawr.

Credit: Wales News Service
Credit: Wales News Service

The beef farmer, said: "I rear about three thousand calves a year and have never seen anything like it."

Hughes, 28, said the third eye had eyelids and eyelashes and is likely a 'developmental anomaly'.

The healthy cow was named 'Isaiah' (geddit?) after Hughes shared a photo of him on social media, asking if anyone had seen anything like it before.

Hughes wrote: "Can't quite believe what we spotted today... anyone else ever seen one?"

Hughes said the eye 'looks fine' from the outside, and is moist - as if some sort of lubricant is being secreted.

She added: "But it's impossible to know if anything is going on behind the eye."

Hughes continued: "Having a calf or any animal with this impairment is extremely rare. I have never heard of, or seen one like this before.

"The calf seems perfectly healthy. We were doing other work with the herd when we noticed the fault.

"He will surely live a normal life for such an animal."

Sadly for Isaiah, his third eye won't be winning him any special favours - as was the case in Tamil Nadu, a village in India, where a three-eyed calf called Shiva is now worshipped as a religious deity after being born in 2014.

Instead, it looks like he'll be headed for the dinner plate, just like the other animals on the beef farm.

Hughes added: "[Isaiah] does not act any differently from any other calf.

"As a veterinary practice, we will certainly be treating it with the same care we give every animal."

Commenting on Hughes' Twitter post, one person wrote: "Come to India..."

Another said: "I bet [Isaiah would] be a hit with Hindus."

Topics: UK News, News, Weird, Animals

Jess Hardiman
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