By Bilal Kuchay
A two-headed calf has stunned locals in an Indian village after it defied the odds to survive for over a month.
The calf, yet to be named, was born on August 10 in Navalur village in Thanjavur in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The newborn sports two faces that appear to be attached at the skull.
Although the calf has one body, it has two heads with a total of three eyes, two snouts but only a pair of ears and a single mouth.
Sanglimuthu, owner of the calf, said: “We were stunned when we saw the calf. We have never seen a two-headed animal taking birth in our place.
“Nobody in the village including the vets believed that the calf would survive even for a week but the animal has defied the odds to survive for over a month now.”
The calf is healthy and is fed milk five-times a day with a bottle.
A lot of people are visiting Sanglimuthu’s house every day to see the “miraculous” calf.
A local villager named Thirumurugan, said: “We all were astonished when we heard that a calf with two heads is born in our village. It is a miracle.”
The phenomenon of being born with more than one head is called polycephaly, and is believed to occur when an embryo begins to split into twins but stops so that the twins remain attached.
Each head of a polycephalic animal has its own brain, and they share control of the organs and limbs, though the specific structure of the connections varies between each case.
Animals with the condition rarely live beyond a few months.