Thursday, August 2, 2007

Lamb with seven-legged born in New Zealand

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A lamb born at the farm of Dave and Di Callaghan in New Zealand has stunned vets. It has three hind legs, one of which has two hooves, and four front legs. But the lamb is to be put down as its insides have not developed properly.

The lamb, one of a twin, was walking round with its mother on Friday when its unusual features were spotted.

It was taken to a vets in Canterbury where veterinarian Steve Williams believed it had been a 'misprint in embryo formation' which led to it being born a polydactyl - a condition which occurs once in several million sheep.

But he added: 'To keep it alive is probably inhumane really.' Link

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