15 February 2016
A piglet has been born with testicles instead of eyes, in what is the latest case of a piglet to be born with severe deformities.
The photo of the animal went viral after it was posted online, showing the piglet with two hairy egg-like bulges where its eyes should be.
The rest of the pig’s body seems to have formed normally, with its lacking of eyes seeming to be the only deformity.
It is the latest case of a series of piglets across the world born with bizarre deformities, with a spate of pigs having been born with penises on their heads.
Experts believe the deformities are caused by nutritional issues, poisoning, infectious agents, abnormal metabolisms or hereditary defects.
The photo, uploaded on the social media platform Reddit, revealed that the piglet was euthanized quickly after birth.
The user then said: “I’m not even sure if it was male or female,” they wrote. “I do know that it was born alive but probably brain dead.”
“For all the people claiming this is impossible I can guarantee it is,” the Reddit user said, responding to claims that the bumps on the animal’s head were not testicles.
“With the amount of inbreeding and billions of pigs born in the U.S. both in the commercial and breeding side of the industry, mutations happen.
“It’s the same with people, enough are produced that some are born with extra appendages or even chromosomes.”
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: [Daily Mail]