From the first moment when a six-legged female calf was born on the family farm, farmer Zhang Gongxun, living in Shandong province, China, soon anticipated that its story would become a hot topic. Many people are interested and spread all over the place.
The calf has 2 extra legs growing from its neck.
In addition to the usual 4 legs, this calf has two extra legs that grow from the neck. Apparently, the extra legs don’t cause pain, but they can’t move at will. It is known that this female calf belongs to the fourth birth of the mother cow that Mr. Zhang has raised for 5 years. During that time, he had never encountered a case as outlandish as it was.
Mr. Zhang said that right after the calf was born, many people came to his house to see it with their own eyes. The local media were also present to report.
Extra legs are the result of genetic mutations.
According to the veterinarian, this extra pair of legs is the result of a genetic mutation caused by an infected lip. It is essentially a body part of the immature twin attached to this female calf. Expert Guo Hsiao explained, this deformity occurs when the process of separating two twins is incomplete. In the case of a smaller, weaker individual, it will be absorbed by the other individual and “swallowed”.
Since the extra legs did not touch any major blood vessels, veterinarians were able to amputate them without endangering the calf’s life. Mr. Zhang is now considering selling the calf at a higher price than the market price.