Sunday, January 07, 2007

Double Vision

The Grave Digger
Diprosopus, a medical condition when twins are completely fused with one set of limbs, but part or all the face is duplicated, has struck Rural Retreat, VA.
A calf with two faces was born Dec. 27 at Heldreth Dairy Farm...

The animal is normal from its tail until its unusually large head. The calf breathes out of two noses and has two tongues, which move independently, according to [owner Kirk] Heldreth. There appears to be a single socket containing two eyes where the heads split.

“It's the craziest thing I've ever seen,'' the dairyman said.
Link. This animal is the product of artificial insemination, and an attempt to create a superior breed of cow. “Genetically, this is one of my better calves,'' said Heldreth. To combat the crowds flocking to see this genetic anomaly, Heldreth plans to "tie the dogs extra tight."

While this cow could use a few extra limbs, hunter Rick Lisko struck a deer with the opposite problem.
Lisko hunts deer with a bow but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers -- and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs.
When he looked at the animal, he noticed three- to four-inch appendages growing from the rear legs. Later, he found a smaller appendage growing from one of the front legs.
“It's a pretty weird deer,'' he said...
Link. Lisko described the extra legs as resembling “crab pinchers.'' He thought he saw the appendages moving, as if they were functional, before the deer was hit.

“And by the way, I did eat it,'' Lisko said. “It was tasty.''

Heldreth commented* that he will be keeping, and not consuming, his cow. Much to The Gravedigger's relief, it will not be joining the workforce anytime soon. The Gravedigger works with enough two-faced cows (metaphorically speaking) as is.

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Blogger The Good Reverend said...

I disagree: the opposite of having an extra face is having no face.

8:22 AM  

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