A six-legged calf has become a minor celebrity in Switzerland.
Despite a vet’s prediction at birth that it would not survive, now seven-week-old Lilli is thriving and local media have shown the calf frolicking in a sunny field. Tourists are now visiting her.
Farmer Andreas Knutti from Weissenburg says he couldn’t bring himself to euthanize the animal because she was “so full of life.”
He says that if the calf stays healthy, she will still be allowed to join the others when they head for alpine pastures this summer.
“She eats and drinks normally,” Knutti said. “But unfortunately, her spine is curved. That’s why we do not know if she’ll grow normally and become a normal cow.”
Swiss media report that Knutti and his children Semira (9) and Stefan (13) have taken the calf to their hearts. “Even if it is not a normal cow, I do not want to dismiss it. Perhaps we will find a zoo for her,” says Knutti.
In Bavaria four years ago, another six-legged calf was born. It resulted from twin embryos becoming one animal. Only a superfluous pair of legs is evidence of the twin embryo. That cow “Lissy” now lives on a happy sanctuary in Austria.
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