Swiss Fall in Love With Six-Legged Calf

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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Maria S.
Maria S4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly Simms
Kimberly S5 years ago

Great story! Go Lissy!!

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

This is too good and too tragic at the same time.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

Thanks for the article. I hope he lives a long and happy life!

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Kari Knabe
Kari Knabe5 years ago

Happy she is being given the chance to live!

Frances P.
Frances Pawley5 years ago

It amazes me that this sad freak of nature should be something people want to come and gawp at. She carries her twin with her, and is healthy. I just hope she remains that way. 'Tourists are now visiting here' - how sick can you get?