A farm vet has shared photos of one of his strangest finds – a three-eyed calf.
Malan Hughes said she was testing cattle for tuberculosis on a North Wales farm when she spotted the bizarre-looking animal.
The calf is around four months old and healthy, but it is not known if he can see from his extra eye, according to the Daily Post reports.
She said: “Vets tend to see all kinds of things – Cyclops lambs and animals born with two heads – but I’ve never seen anything like it before.
“From the outside the extra eye looks good. He has eyelids and eyelashes, and he’s also wet, as if some kind of lubricant is secreted.
“But it’s impossible to know if something is going on behind the eye.”
The third eye is probably a developmental anomaly and is extremely rare.
Seven years ago, a three-eyed calf born in India was worshiped like a god.
Villagers from Tamil Nadu flocked to visit the animal named after Lord Shiva, the Hindu god depicted with a third eye, representing wisdom and insight.
The North Wales calf – a British blue crossbreed dairy animal – is unlikely to receive the same kind of attention.
He should lead a “normal” life, said Malan – but he’s a food chain animal.
She said: “It does not act any differently from any other calf,” she said.
“As a veterinary practice, we will certainly treat him with the same care we give to every animal. “
Malan, who works for veterinary practice Milfeddygon Deufor in Y Ffor, said she did not expect the huge interest that followed her unexpected discovery.
She said: “I took some pictures of the calf and continued with my work.
“That night I posted them on Twitter thinking only a few of my regular followers would be interested.
“Since then, I have had to turn off my phone because of the number of messages I receive.