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Holy cow! Mutant calf with FIVE ‘legs’ is found in China: Creature’s bizarre extra limb is part of its unborn twin

A dairy cow with a fifth ‘leg‘ is living happy and healthy after being rescued by a kind farmer shortly after it was born.

The cow in Qinglong County, in south-western China’s Guizhou Province, has owner Chen Mingguo to thank, after he took it off the hands of a local farmer who wanted to put the animal down.

Chen says the apparent deformity was immediately noticeable after the calf was born and the breeder – one of his friends – called all his neighbours and acquaintances to see it.

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WHAT CAUSED THE ‘FIFTH LEG’? 

The cow appears to have a fifth leg coming out of its back.  

Huang Weiquan, a local breeder, said the cow is not really deformed or a mutant as many believe, but simply the only survivor in what was once a pair of twins.

He explained: ‘The twin egg did not separate properly during fertilisation, so it resulted in the extra leg growing on the back.

The limb does not appear to have developed over the months, and local agricultural experts said they do not expect it to affect the animal’s well-being.

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While the animal was something of a freak show at the time, none of the farmers were willing to buy the animal, fearing that it would die quickly and result in a financial loss for its owner.

Chen, however, decided to bring the calf home because he was ‘curious’, and he has been happy to see the animal mature into an adult without any issue.

Images of the mutant cow are now being shared on Chinese social media and show its fifth, very thin leg dangling over its back.

The limb does not appear to have developed over the months, and local agricultural experts said they do not expect it to affect the animal’s well-being.

Huang Weiquan, a local breeder, said the cow is not really deformed or a mutant as many believe, but simply the only survivor in what was once a pair of twins.

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The cow in Qinglong County, in south-western China’s Guizhou Province, has owner Chen Mingguo (pictured) to thank, after he took it off the hands of a local farmer who wanted to put the animal down

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Huang Weiquan, a breeder, said the cow is not really deformed or a mutant as many believe, but simply the only survivor in what was once a pair of twins. He explained: ‘The twin egg did not separate properly during fertilisation, so it resulted in the extra leg growing on the back’

He explained: ‘The twin egg did not separate properly during fertilisation, so it resulted in the extra leg growing on the back.

‘It’s not a ‘freak’.’

In 2014, a cow with a fifth leg was also found in India. 

The four-year-old animal brings good luck to whoever touches the extra limb – with some claiming it is a manifestation of a Hindu deity.

Owner Laxman Bhosale, 35, tours the country with the animal – with hundreds regularly turning out to catch a glipse of the creature.

Laxman said: ‘Cow is our holy animal. We call her our mother. With this extra limb, God is indicating to us that we must respect the animal and seek her blessings.

‘Touching the limb of mother cow will bring good luck and help you fulfill all your wishes.’

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Images of the mutant cow are now being shared on Chinese social media and show its fifth, very thin leg dangling over its back. Its pictured here with other cattle and has reportedly grown into a healthy adult

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In 2014, a cow with a fifth leg was also found in India. The four-year-old animal is believed by locals to bring good luck to whoever touches the extra limb – with some claiming it is a manifestation of a Hindu deity

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The cow was found in in Qinglong County, in south-western China’s Guizhou Province

Credits : Daily Mail

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