‘Cyclops’ calf born with one eye is hailed as a ‘miracle of God’ in Indian village
- Villagers have flocked to see the calf born with the odd deformity in West Bengal
- The calf’s owner says locals believe it is the avatar of Hindu creator god Brahma
- But vets say it is a natural birth defect and such calves only survive a few weeks
This calf born with a single central eye and no nose has been hailed as a ‘miracle’ by Indian villagers.
Locals have flocked to the village in the Ranaghat area of West Bengal state where the ‘cyclops’ calf was born.
‘Everything is fine until the neck, it is just the head that is bizarre,’ one villager is heard to say in Bengali.
People have flocked to a village in the Ranaghat area of India’s West Bengal state to worship this one-eyed calf as an incarnation of the Hindu god Brahma
‘We all think this is a miracle of God and we think this is Lord Brahma who has taken birth in our home in the avatar of the cow,’ said the calf’s owner
‘I have never heard of or seen anything like this in my life,’ another woman adds.
‘The people from the neighbouring village have now flocked to our home and are asking us if they can worship it,’ said the calf’s owner, who declined to be identified.
‘We all think this is a miracle of God and we think this is Lord Brahma [creator god in Hinduism] who has taken birth in our home in the avatar of the cow.’
But vets say cyclopia is a naturally-occurring birth defect, and that calves with the condition typically only survive for a few weeks.
Cyclopia is a rare congenital disorder that occurs in both humans and animals.
It develops in the womb when the left and right hemispheres of the brain do not separate as they are meant to early on in pregnancy.
In January, another cow was born with the disorder in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal
This leads to the formation of a single central cavity with one eye, or sometimes partially fused or separate eyeballs and often the complete absence of eyelashes and eyelids are absent.
The nose is also deformed, with an underdeveloped upper jaw.
A creature with cyclopia may be able to distinguish light and dark but will not have proper vision because the retina won’t form properly.
Creatures with the condition are normally stillborn or die shortly after due to breathing and brain problems.
In January, another cow was born with the disorder in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal.
In video footage shared online, the one-eyed calf could be seen sticking out its tongue and gasping for breath.