Two is sometimes better then one. In the case of two heads, it is hard to say. But finding a second two-headed calf photo in our archives, is kinda of cool.
Faithful readers may remember the story we posted here on the blog back in May 2016 about the two-headed calf of Honesdale. That calf was born in 1912.
Well some two years later, I turned up second two-headed calf story in our archives. This calf was born on a farm near Montrose in September 1955.
According to the report, the calf was born on Mrs. Peterson’s Farm, which is two miles outside of Montorse, on September 23, 1955. Eleanor Peterson found that one of their Holstein cow’s gave birth to a set of twins. The calf was fine – one head. The other twin had two heads, four eyes, two mouths but only two ears and one brain. A veterinarian said that both calf have a good chance of making into maturity.
According to a BBC article from October 2016, if a gene called “Sonic Hedgehog” or SHH is strengthen during the development of the animal it could result in the development of two faces on one head. The article said if the gene is weakened during development the face will develop into a cyclops. The article hypothesis that the occurrence of this gene mutation in animals my be the basis of many of the monsters of ancient myths such as the Hydra of Lerna.