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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Vet discovers three-eyed calf whilst TB testing

A vet discovered a three-eyed calf on a farm whilst carrying out a TB test in Wales earlier this week.

Malan Hughes tweeted a photo of the four-month-old Belgian Blue-cross-Friesian, which was born on a farm in Gwynedd.

Hughes told North Wales Live: “Vets tend to see all sorts of things – cyclops lambs and animals born with two heads – but I have never seen anything like this before.”

“From the outside, the extra eye looks fine. It has eyelids and eyelashes, and it is moist too, as if some kind of lubricant is being secreted.”

“But it is impossible to know if anything is going on behind the eye,” she remarked.

The Milfeddygon Deufor veterinary practice member said the three-eyed animal “does not act any differently from any other calf”.

It has been reported that a 3-eyed calf was born in India seven years ago. According to reports, it was worshipped as a God, and named after Lord Shiva. The Hindu God, depicted with a third eye, represents insight and wisdom.

Two-headed calf stuns family

Last year, we published an article on the birth of a two-headed stillborn calf in the US.

The Kolousek family, based in South Dakota, could not establish why one of their heifers was not making progress to calf.

In a post on social media, a family member explained that they could feel the calf’s feet and head but “could not get the calf out”.

They called their veterinary practitioner, and a C-section was performed.

“Once we pulled it out, we realised why we couldn’t pull him.”

“This calf had two heads and necks, only 2 front and 2 back feet. Quite a surprise. Not the end result we were hoping for, but one for the record books for all of us.”

At the time of the article, out of thirty cows so far, the family have had three sets of twins. “This is from identical twins not properly separating when being developed. A fluke of nature.” the family member added.

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