Rare Two Headed Calf Born At Wuk Wuk
A one in 400 million chance occurred on our farm this year, something my father Ken and I have never seen happen before in his 83 year lifetime and certainly not in mine.
A two-headed Murray Grey calf has been born at Grassvale Farms, the home of Wuk Wuk beef.
The calf, which was still born, arrived on Sunday night. Unfortunately the mother died shortly after the photo taken below. Suspected from the trauma that must have happened inside her.
Although the calf has one body, It has two heads with a total of four eyes, two mouths, two noses and three ears as the result of a rare condition called ‘polycephaly’.
Cattle farmer Ken Treasure was shocked ‘I’ve heard of them, but I’ve never seen one. This is my first one and I thought I’d seen it all.’
Having more than one head is known as polycephaly, with two-headedness more specifically known as ‘bicephaly’ or ‘dicephaly’.
Each head of a polycephalic animal has its own brain, and they share control of the organs and limbs, though the specific structure of the connections varies.
Such animals often move in a disoriented and dizzy fashion, with the brains ‘arguing’ with each other leading some specimens to simply zig-zag without getting anywhere.
In snakes, each head may attack and even attempt to swallow the other.
There have also been cases in humans.
We are sad that the mother wasn’t able to live through the birth and have to accept that sometimes nature deals life with a heavy blow.