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Three-eyed Calf With Rare Genetic Deformity Spotted at Welsh farm

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While TB-testing cattle at a farm in Gwynedd, North Wales veterinarian Malan Hughes found a bizarre calf with three eyes.

The calf had an additional eye on its forehead, although it looks underdeveloped as the eyelids seem to be completely closed.

Ms Hughes said:

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.

Three-eyed Calf With Rare Genetic Deformity Spotted at Welsh farm

Talking to North Wales Live, Ms Hughes added:

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.”

The third eye does not appear to be causing any problems for the calf and it is completely healthy and does not act any differently from any other calves.

Ms Hughes said that the cow will lead an otherwise normal life for a beef animal that is ultimately destined to be eaten.

She said:

It does not act any differently from any other calf. As a veterinary practice, we will certainly be treating it with the same care we give every animal.

She has been surprised by the amount of attention she has received after her discovery. She said that she simply “took some pictures of the calf and carried on with my work.

That evening I posted them on Twitter thinking that only a few of my regular followers would be interested.

I have since had to turn off my phone because of the number of messages I have been getting.

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