Conjoined twins occur in human births every 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births, but it happens even less to cows. Farmers in Brazil were shocked to find a calf was born with two heads. The farmers took a video of the two-headed calf which shows the newborn with two faces that seem to be attached at the skull.
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The bizarre creature has four eyes and two mouths and can be seen in the video lying on the ground as a farm worker tries to feed one of its mouths. The workers have to use a modified milk bottle but seem unsure of which mouth to feed. According to the farm worker in the video, both of the calf's mouths work.
A conjoined calf is a rare occurrence but exactly how rare is unknown. A farmer in Australia who's cow birthed conjoined twins said he has never seen anything like it in 32 years of farming and there has been very little research done on the topic. The rare occurrence is known as "parapagus".
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This latest two-faced calf was born on a farm in Caiaponia, a town in the Brazilian state of Goias. The wife of the farm-owner Zica Soares said, "I never imagined a calf like that would be born on the farm, we are surprised." The local veterinarian Daniel Ribeiro Camargos gave the two-faced calf a slim prognosis of survival.
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"The vet says that we need to either put the calf down or look after him until the end. He is very bad, really weak, but I am looking after him," Soares said. Camargos added, "It was probably a case of inbreeding that caused the calf to be born with the anomaly. It is a very rare situation."
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