A bizarre three-eyed calf, complete with eyelids and eyelashes, has been discovered in the UK by a Welsh vet who admits she's "never seen anything" like it before.
Malan Hughes, who works in North Wales, said she was TB-testing cattle at a farm in Gwynedd when she spotted a baby cow with a strange deformity.
The calf, which is around four-months-old, was healthy but had a third eye, complete with eyelids and eyelashes.
Ms Hughes said she's used to seeing "all sorts of things," including "animals born with two heads," but admitted she had "never seen anything" like the calf.
She told NorthWalesLive the extra eye was "moist" and "looks fine" but appears to have "some kind of lubricant" being subcreated from it.
The vet said: "Vets tend to see all sorts of things – cyclops lambs and animals born with two heads – but I have never seen anything like this before,” she said.
"From the outside the extra eye looks fine. It has eyelids and eyelashes, and it is moist too, as if some kind of lubricant is being secreted."
Ms Hughes went on to say the animal doesn't act "any differently" from any two-eyed calf and it is "impossible to know" if the animal can see behind the eye.
She said: "It’s impossible to know if anything is going on behind the eye.
"It does not act any differently from any other calf,” she said.
"As a veterinary practice, we will certainly be treating it with the same care we give every animal."
The animal's eye is likely an abnormality but certain cultures, including Hinduism, worship Lord Shiva, a Hindu god who is depicted with a third eye.
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Ms Hughes posted an image of the calf on witter thinking "only a few" of her followers would be interested in the animal.
The vet said she’s since had to turn her phone off because of the number of messages she’s been getting from people all over the world.
She said: "I took some pictures of the calf and carried on with my work.
"That evening I posted them on Twitter thinking that only a few of my regular followers would be interested.
"I’ve since had to turn off my phone because of the number of messages I’ve been getting."
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