The calf, though perfectly formed did not survive delivery. This is a wonderful story written by a local paper with great details and interviews with local veterinarians. Local newspapers are treasures.
Two-headed calf born in Emmett
By DIANA BAIRD Messenger Index | Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4:00 am
A fully formed two-headed black crossbred beef calf was born Tuesday, April 10 at the 3 Bar B Ranch in the Tomâ€™s Cabin area. According to ranch foreman, Teryn Henderson the calf was born in the early morning hours. Henderson and his wife, Aimee, live at the ranch with their seven children and â€œone on the way.â€
Henderson said that they knew the cow was going to deliver that night or early in the morning because she kept turning in circles until late in the evening. Early the next morning, while it was still dark, Henderson went to the barn and noticed that the cow was lying down.
â€œI knew that things were just not right and went to work to help her out,â€ Henderson said.
He felt inside to find the head and found two. Thinking there were twins, he tried to find the four front feet. He only found two and knew that something wasnâ€™t right.
Henderson called his neighbor, Doug Brock, who lives a mile down the road, for help to get the calf out. Brock came right over to assist.
A calf puller was used to deliver the calf. When they pulled it out, they saw that the calf had two heads and one body. The calf did not survive.
â€œI havenâ€™t seen anything like that for about 35 years,â€ Brock said. â€œI have seen thousands of cattle born and Iâ€™ve never seen a two-headed perfect calf.â€ There were two necks and two perfectly formed heads.
Veterinarian Carrie Roitt, DVM rushed to the ranch to take care of the cow.