Holy cow! 2-headed calf born in Florida

By Heather Leigh - Reporter

BAKER COUNTY, Fla. - Seeing double? A farmer in Baker County couldn't believe what he was looking at when he noticed a newly birthed calf in the field.

He knew one of his cows was pregnant and he was expecting to see a baby soon. Sunday, the bundle of joy was delivered, but instead of having one head, it had two.

Ripley's Believe It or Not has been in contact with the family. They said it's more common to see a cow born with an extra limb, but an extra face is rare.

"A two-headed calf! I can not believe it," farmer Dwight Crews said. "I've heard of them, but I've never seen one. This is my first one."

The calf is a first of its kind for Crews' family in more than 60 years of raising cattle. Her mom is never too far away, he said.

"She will come in and lick her, smell her and make sure she's OK, I guess, and then she'll go back out and she'll stay gone for a while and then she'll come back again," Crews said.

The calf, a female, has two sets of eyes, but Crews said he doesn't think the two middle eyes are actually seeing anything. He said he believes she only has one brain, so he thinks she's most likely only seeing one image.

"If I she can get a taste of it she might start suckling," Crews said.

The calf is bottle-feeding now and Crews said when one mouth is feeding, the other mouth suckles at the same time.

"I would like to see her live, and see her get up and walk and function," Crews said.
But her legs won't cooperate with standing up yet, because she's weak, and her head is heavy.

Ripley's Believe It or Not said the longest a two-headed cow has lived is about 40 days.

Crews' granddaughter decided Tuesday to call the calf Annabel. They said she is definitely special, and they're going to see if UF Health would be interested in taking a look at the calf to see what they can do to help her walk if she survives the next couple of days.  

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