Double Take! Baby Goat with Two Faces Born at Wisconsin Farm
One little goat in Wisconsin is making headlines for his unique appearance.
On April 5, Nueske Farms LLC., a family-run goat farm in Wittenberg, welcomed two new kids to their farm family when one of their pregnant goats went into labor.
However, one of the baby goats was not what they expected.
“Had our first two-headed baby boy today! He needed some help coming out after his brother that was perfectly normal,” the farm wrote on Facebook at the time. “The mom is doing good, we brought him home to give him some extra attention and care 😊 hope he lives!”
They named the two-headed goat Janus, after the ancient Roman god who also had two heads.
“And it was for like beginnings, and endings, and the past and the future,” Jocelyn Nueske of Nueske Farms LLC. told FOX 11.
“His right mouth has a cleft palate, and his left mouth was difficult to see into, but may also have some degree of cleft palate. Future surgery to correct the cleft palate is an option,” they wrote.
“Janus’ x-rays revealed that he has 2-fully formed craniums/frontal bones of his skull that are fused at the lateral (sides) occipital/parietal and temporal bones of each skull,” the farm added. “So basically it is thought that he has 2 brains in the front that connect together in the back of his skull. Each head appears to have its own spinal cord/canal that fuses with the spine.”
Since his birth, the farm has been regularly sharing updates about Janus on their Facebook page, including adorable photos and videos of his milestone accomplishments and improvements.
“We understand and respect that people may have different opinions about our little Janus,” the farm wrote in response to some criticism about the two-headed goat. “We made the decision to care for this unique baby and are willing to share this rare and special experience with others and welcome positive comments.”
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