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Eight-Legged Goat Born In Croatia

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Croatian farmer Zoran Paparic was shocked to find that his goat Sarka recently gave birth to an extraonrdinary baby goat. This newborn has eight legs and both female and male reproductive organs. Usually, this kind of genetic malformations occur when an animal is conjoined with underdeveloped twin sibling.

Right after the birth, Mr. Paparic counted pour animal’s legs and thought that he was seeing things. To make sure that he is not crazy, he had to call his neighbor.

Farmer is aware that there is little chance that this goatling will survive, but if it does there is chance it could live up to two or three years, and Mr. Paparic is keen to keep it. “Everything is double with him,” says Mr. Paparic, and he considers this event to be a miracle of nature. Sarka usually has triplets and this is her fourth time to give birth. Newest “miracle of nature” is trying to stand on its eight legs, but lacks strength.

This is a relatively common event in nature, not only within the family of goats. In areas of high radioactivity genetic malformations occur more often. In December last year, a two-headed pig was born in China. In October, 2013, a case of calf being born with two heads was reported in Whiting, Vermont. In April, 2013, another abnormal calf was born. This one had two bodies, eight legs and four ears. Again, apparent cause was unseparated twin sibling.

Unfortunately, these mutations don’t only happen in the world of animals, but also occur within human race. In March, 2014, a case of two-headed baby was reported in northern India. Thirty two-year-old Urmila Sharma and her husband couldn’t afford a regular ultrasound due to lack of funds. They found out about the baby’s development complications just two weeks before the labor. By then it was too late to change anything. The baby, who was born by C-section and weighed 7lbs 7oz, was delivered with two heads, two necks, two spines, but only one tiny body. Technically, this little baby girl is considered to be conjoined twins, and they suffer from a rare condition called dicephalic parapagus.

Four years ago a slightly happier case of mutation was reported in India – a five legged cow. This cow has an extra limb attached to the neck. In India cows are considered to be sacred animals, and this particular animal is considered to be a manifestation of deity and owner claims that the cow brings happiness to those who come in contact with it.

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