Real Life “Cyclops” Goat Born In India [VIDEO]
When we hear the word “Cyclops”, we immediately tend to think ancient Greek myths,well this isn’t any myth. This is NO JOKE, or hoax. A one-eyed goat was recently born in a village in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Local veterinarians predicted that the baby goat will die within a few days but so far it has survived beyond their expectations. It has become a major tourist attraction in the village with scores or visitors arriving to get a glimpse of the animal.
According to an article in National Geographic by author Rachel Brown:
“Born on May 10 with a single, enormous eye in the center of its face, a baby goat has survived a surprising eight days in a village in Assam, India.The goat’s condition, called cyclopia, is characterized by the developing brain’s failure to separate into two hemispheres. As a result, the skull only forms a single eye socket. Genetic defects are usually to blame, but cyclopia can also be caused by toxins ingested by the mother during pregnancy.
Cyclopia is often accompanied by other physical deformities. This baby goat is also missing eyelashes, eyelids, one ear, and several teeth; its jaw is severely shortened, and its nose underdeveloped. Local veterinarians aren’t certain of the exact cause of this goat’s condition. They predicted it would die within a few days, but the unnamed goat has survived a full week under the care of Mukhuri Das, its owner.
Unlike the cyclopes of Greek myth, who shared their famous trait with an entire race, modern-day cyclopes are rare individuals. Very few infants with cyclopia survive more than a couple days, because the associated physical deformities—missing noses, underdeveloped brains—quickly prove fatal.”
Well I hope this baby goat defies all the odds and lives a very long life.