|Photo taken March 21, 2018|
Since I published the first blog about our 6-footed calf in February, Randy has answered the question while at breakfast at Joan's Cafe. We've both fielded inquiries at the grocery store, the bank, at church and assorted other locations.
And the answer is this: It can run fast enough to escape as we were trying to load it into the trailer after working it and its group of contemporaries. (Not my fault, I'll have you know!) After a brief time of freedom, it went back to Peace Creek with its mom and others in the Class of 2018.
When I first wrote about the calf, we assumed that the extra parts were associated with an undeveloped conjoined twin. However, local veterinarian Bruce Figger provided a fact sheet about Developmental Duplication from the American Angus Association. The abnormality has been long observed in Angus cattle. It was previously thought to be caused by conjoined twins or other anomalies during fetal development.
But as you can see in the video I took a month ago, the baby is thriving and able to move around the pasture just as well as its contemporaries. And, as I said, it's now fast enough to get by two-legged people! I don't have video proof of that escapade. You'll just have to take my word for it!
6-footed calf from Kim Fritzemeier on Vimeo.
The 6-footed calf now has a number: 830. It also made the half-mile journey from Peace Creek to the working chutes by foot.
|This photo was taken in February, but shows the baby and mom together.|