Farmers and veterinarians in Brazil were thrown into confusion after a cow gave birth to a mutant calf with two heads.
On the evening of December 13, a two-headed calf was born on a farm in the Brazilian municipality of Nova Venecia in the state of Espirito Santo. It is unable to stand or feed naturally.
Delci Busatto, the calf’s owner’s son, told local media that the mutant calf resides in their family’s farm and needs to be fed from a bottle because it has problems sucking from its mother.
“The calf is very debilitated. It has to lie down and cannot get up. Because it can’t stand up, the calf has to be fed from a bottle.”
He added that the family had sought a veterinarian’s advice, but even they couldn’t figure out what could’ve caused the calf to be born with two heads.
“We’ve talked to some vets,” Busatto continued, “but no one knows if it will survive or not.”
“For now, it is just a matter of waiting and seeing what happens.”
The calf was the cow’s third child, the other two having been born normally.
Mutations can occur as a result of mutagenic factors, artificial settings, and occasionally crossbreeding.