Visitors to a central Kentucky farm may do a double-take when they see the newest addition: a two-faced calf.
Stan McCubbin of Campbellsville told WDRB-T that he thought he had twins when he first saw the calf on Friday, but quickly realized he had something far more unusual.
The female calf has two noses, two mouths and four eyes, though the middle two eyes don’t function.
Although she can walk, the McCubbins say she ends up going in circles and falling over.
The family says most calves with such a genetic mutation are stillborn, but so far this one is eating and seems healthy.
McCubbin’s wife, Brandy, said their five-year-old daughter, Kenley, named the calf Lucky because she’s lucky to be alive.
“From a distance, I thought I had twins lying together,” said Stan McCubbin.
Mr McCubbin’s wife, Brandy, added: “He was just like: “I’ve got a two-headed calf”, so I was in shock.””I saw two noses. I thought it was twins and then when I saw her, I was just completely blown away.”
The couple conceded that it was therefore not hard to find a name for the baby cow.
“I said she was lucky to live, and our little five-year-old, Kenley, said ‘That’s her name – Lucky’,” said Brandy McCubbin.
“She is lucky and we’re blessed to have this happen on our farm.”
However, the family are also prepared for the fact that Lucky may not live very long.
“I’m just thinking: “How many days do we have?” And I mean, it’s a blessing that we get to go through this with our children and our family and it’s just something unique and rare,” said Brandy McCubbin.
Stan McCubbin: “It’s something I’ve never seen before and I think it’s amazing. I think it’s something these kids will get to remember forever.”