Two-Headed Calf Born In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Two-Headed Calf Born In Iceland

Published April 13, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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A two-headed calf was born to Nótt the cow following a four hour Caesarean section this weekend, reports Vísir.

Unfortunately, the Siamese calf did not make it and died during delivery.

“The calf has one body, but two heads and two spines,” said veterinarian Kristín Þórhallsdóttir who performed the C-section. “It’s the first time I have ever seen anything like it.”

The calf was born on a farm in Ásahreppur, east of Selfoss in south Iceland and Katrín believes that although the calf survived in utero until the birth, the actual operation was too much strain as it passed away shortly after she began the procedure.

The calf’s body will be used to for educational purposes at the Agricultural University where Katrín teaches.

The calf pictured above is not the actual calf referred to in this story. You can see the calf pictured and in a video here, readers who are sensitive to graphic images may want to proceed with caution.


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