Calf born with two heads on farm near Blyth, Ont.
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In more than four decades of farming, Les Caldwell had never seen anything like it.
It was a young calf he helped deliver and it was born with two heads.
"It had these two noses and then I thought at first it only had three eyes, but closer examination showed that it had the two noses, the four eyes, but only two ears," Caldwell told CBC News, when recalling the event.
The birth occurred on March 1 at his North Huron Township farm, which is located just north of Blyth, Ont.
The calf was born at night and Caldwell believed it was unlikely to live until the morning. But it did.
However, it could not stand on its own or nurse from its mother.
"The poor little thing was lying there…just kicking, just kicking," Caldwell said.
Caldwell said it is his understanding that calves like the one born on his farm do not typically live very long.
After consulting with a veterinarian, the decision was made to euthanize the calf.
"I do not want to see any of my livestock suffer," Caldwell said.
The calf's remains were then taken to the University of Guelph.
"Upon examination, when they did the pathology report, then it was determined that the calf did have two brains and it did have two esophaguses, but just the one spinal cord," said Caldwell.
He said it's believed that this calf may have been a set of twins that did not divide as expected at an early stage of development.
With files from the CBC's Julia Chapman