A ‘mutant pig’ born with two bodies and eight legs has died just minutes after it was born in China.
Farmer Gao Baiqi, who owns the sow, said he had “never ever seen anything like it” after the pig was born with underdeveloped skin and numerous extra limbs.
He had spotted the little piglet among the rest of the sow’s litter after they were born. The piglet appeared to have been joined to a parasitic twin.
Gao said the animal kicked and struggled, and he had planned to hand-rear it before it suddenly stopped breathing.
MirrorUK reports Gao said:
“Besides having one head, two bodies and eight legs, the piglet appeared normal and had all other organs.
“I had prepared milk and wanted to feed it myself, but it died in a few minutes,” he added.
Gao has yet to find a scientific explanation for his “mutant piggy”, but reports said the birth defect was likely the result of an egg that had not split properly – similar to human conjoined twins.
Gao buried the piglet on his farm – after showing it to curious residents living nearby.
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