Friday, August 3, 2007


Legs-a-seven newborn

‘A three-day-old lamb at Canterbury Vets’ Methven surgery bleats for its feed just like any other newly born sheep. But this one has seven legs.

Two of the legs hang useless behind the lamb’s forelegs. The lamb has three rear legs, one of these with two hoofs. It walks using its two forelegs and three hind legs. [..]

Canterbury Vets veterinarian Steve Williams said he believed a misprint in embryo formation had resulted in the lamb being polydactyl – with many legs – occurring once in several million sheep.

Williams said the lamb was also hermaphrodite, and was missing a portion of its bowel so was unable to pass faeces and so would have to be destroyed.’

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