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Meet Octogoat, The 8-Legged Goat, And Other Unusual Animals

Meet Octogoat, The 8-Legged Goat, And Other Unusual Animals

Nature can be truly fascinating and bizarre.

Last week a strange animal birth occurred when an 8-legged goat was born on a farm in Kutjevo, northeast Croatia. Zoran Paparic’s goat Sarka gave birth to the kid, which also has both male and female reproductive organs.

Local veterinarians have told Paparic that the reason for the baby goat’s extra legs is an underdeveloped twin sibling.

As his owner, Zoran Paparic, told the Daily Mail: “I counted his legs and I thought I was seeing things. Then I called my neighbour to make sure that I am not crazy.”

Life can’t be easy for an animal born like octogoat because its body is specifically designed to function with four legs and be either male or female. Clearly something went awry while Sarka was pregnant.

However, it turns out that odd animal births are not that uncommon. Here are some other examples:

Two-Headed Turtle

Photo Credit: Screenshot from USA Today video

Last year, a two-headed turtle hatched at the San Antonio Zoo; officials named her Thelma and Louise, for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Octogoat and this turtle have something in common: twins!

Craig Pelke, curator of reptiles at the zoo, said that the bicephalic (two-headed) turtle was the result of twins that had not separated. “At this time, Thelma and Louise are doing well on exhibit and eating with both heads,” he said after the birth.

The female Texas turtle was born on June 18, 2013, and moved into the zoo’s Friedrich Aquarium. It appeared that the creature was healthy and able to swim and walk.

The San Antonio zoo is familiar with two-headed reptiles: it was home to a double-headed Texas rat snake named Janus from 1978 until the snake’s death in 1995.

6-Legged Lamb

Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube

In 2012, a six-legged lamb was born on a farm in the tiny village of Velistsikhe in Georgia. Just like Octogoat, the lamb was a hermaphrodite with both male and female sex organs.

Also just like the eight-legged goat, veterinarians believed that the calf’s mother was probably having twins, but somehow the embryos were combined.

As you can see in the photo above, the piebald lamb has four legs at the front and another two at the back. It appeared to have at least partial control of all of its limbs and to be perfectly healthy aside from its two extra legs.

To my surprise, as I researched this topic, I found genetic mutations in animals to be relatively common.

Such mutations also date back a long way: the first known two-headed animal, an ancient lizard, was born more than 120-million years ago, according to Emirates 24/7.

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5:13AM PDT on May 18, 2014


Please, don't subscribe to the human self-indulgence agenda & open your eyes!

5:12AM PDT on May 18, 2014

To Jane R,

No, this is definitely to be blamed on humans. It's a fact, not an opinion. Nature is perfect. Life is simple. It's humans who deform it, & make it ugly & hard to deal with. It's humans who are feeding themselves crap. It's humans who are feeding animals crap. It's humans who are destroying the environment. And this is the very result of their stupid, greedy actions. Yes, deformities have been going on for many years, but so has pollution. Do you think pollution was born yesterday?! Humans have been affecting & messing with nature for thousands & thouands of years. Do you really think these deformities are the work of nature?! Anomalies don't just happen, as you seem to naively believe. Anomalies are the proof that something went wrong. So, since nature is perfect & since animals respect nature, the only ones left are humans, who have no respect for nature or life. We definitely should blame ourselves & try to fix our mess already. We need to face our crappy actions & take responsibility for what we did & are still doing. Because we're not only hurting ourselves, we're hurting other beings, & that is so unfair to them. We're destroying the planet & all life on it. Believe me, I couldn't care less if humans were only affecting themselves, as it would only be fair. But no, the damage is expanding on to animals. Actually, the damage & the pain is affecting animals much, much more than us. It's very unfair. Please, don't s

2:53PM PDT on May 17, 2014

What causes all of these abnormalities, we may never know.

3:42AM PDT on May 17, 2014

I can't say I'm overly surprised that this sort of thing is common in nature, when you stop and think about it pregnancy is biologically complicated and a lot can go wrong with relatively little needed to cause problems. Not to mention that by nature the species are constantly trying to evolve and something like evolution is bound to go wrong before it does go right. There isn't anything necessarily sinister about this sort of thing.

7:29PM PDT on May 16, 2014

I can't help but wonder if environmental influences, like Chernobyl, contribute to these anomalies? Georgia, Croatia, not so far out?

2:43PM PDT on May 16, 2014

Although you, certainly, can't blame every animal abnormality on human damage, I believe that a large percent are our fault, because of our pollution of everything--that applies to human mutations, too.

8:49AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Weird. As long as they're healthy animals, they're still cute!

8:19AM PDT on May 16, 2014

100% agree with you, Frederik D. We are all lovely just as we are, humans and animals, and we MUST respect each other... look into the eyes and see what you see there, love and trust!! Kindness costs nothing last I checked.

1:12AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Jane R, it's not unusual, but the odds will be bigger because of all the crazy things humans have been doing...

By the way the word 'freak', I find that very disrespectful towards these animals.

8:12PM PDT on May 15, 2014

As the article stated this has been happening for many, many years. It's not a result of pollution or anything man has done to this earth. It's just a freak of nature It can't be prevented and will happen on occasion,.
It's sad but there's nothing we can do to prevent it, just as we can't prevent babies being born conjoined. So stop blaming everything on humans. It's just something that happens.

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