Farm animal gives birth to creature with eight legs
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Move over, Octomom. We now have Octogoat.
This goat, born last week on a Croation farm, doesn't have eight kids -- but it does have eight legs.
Farmer Zoran Paparic was understandably confused upon when the kid's mother, Sarka, gave birth.
According to the Daily Mail
, he told reporters "I counted his legs and I thought I was seeing things. Then I called my neighbour to make sure that I am not crazy."
Paparic calls the kid "a miracle of nature," but ITV reports it'll take a miracle for the goat to survive.
Veterinarians believe the newborn's condition is the result of an under-developed twin sibling because the kid also has both male and female reproductive organs.
Those vets say it is highly unlikely the goat will survive more than a week. But if it does, it might go on to live for two or three years.
Paparic told InSerbia he's praying for the kid to survive so he can keep it as a pet.
He added that a few years ago, his friend's goat gave birth to a kid with two heads.
Daily Mirror reports Octogoat - who doesn't actually have a name - was born with two healthy sisters.
Paparic told reporters their mother is a lucky goat who's now given birth to triplets four times.
Hopefully, that luck passes down to the kid.
It's among a number of animal anomalies lately, including the goblin shark:
And this recent zebra-donkey crossbreed born at a Mexico zoo last month:
Speaking of cross-breeds, looks like there's a few in the making:
The animals usually hang out with their own species. But recently, zoo keepers at Busch Gardens noticed the unlikely pair that just can't seem to get enough of one another.
The tiger and orangutan babies, which would never be together in the wild, have become inseparable playmates after they were abandoned by their mothers.
A farm worker holds a piglet and two of the three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother.
The odd couple got together when Kenya Wildlife Service rangers rescued the baby hippo in the sea off Malindi after the Asian tsumani reached the Kenyan shore and separated the calf from its mother.
Mildred, a mallard duck became the foster mother of these kittens abandoned by their mother, even sleeping with them in this basket.
The baby kitten sits on the Beagle's back trying to get his attention.
The three play at Noah Ark Rehabilitation Centre after their rescue in 2001.
They go for walks together and play together until they fall asleep on the sofa together.