The steaks were high for the six-legged calf, Lilli, who went under the knife to remove her two extra limbs. Check out the interesting photos of Lilli the cow before and after, and get more details here…
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Lilli, who was born with six legs on a farm in Weissenburg, Switzerland, is making a full recovery in an Alpine animal sanctuary. Born on February 14 in the Simmental region with the two extra legs attached to her shoulder, the young cow made headlines around the world. Vets had predicted that she would not survive. Her owner could not face putting her down as she was so full of life.
Andreas Knuttidecided not to put her to sleep and instead chose to sell her to an animal lover for £1,420 who was prepared to pay for her surgery. Vets in Bern operated on June 14. The four-hour procedure which cost £1,300, they removed the two legs and diagnosed a curve in the cows spine. They said that she did not have any impairments and has subsequently been recovering well. Lilli has now been moved to the Gut Aiderbichl, an Alpine animal refuge centre in Henndorf am Wallersee in the Austrian province of Salzburg.
“Lilli is recovering from the operation and has a good appetite back. She was moved to Salzburg on Friday,’ said Michael Aufhauser, owner at Gut Aiderbichl. She is happy, curious and enjoying getting to know the fellow cows.”
Mutations are not as rare as thought and a three-legged cat and two-headed lamb were born in Georgia earlier this year. In January, a piebald lamb, which has four legs at the front and two hind legs, was born in Velistsikhe, Georgia.
Unlike Lilli, it appears to have at least partial control of every limb on its body. According to vet Auto Zardiashvili, the mutation may be due to issues at conception. Mr Zardiashvili said:
“Most probably there were twins, but then the embryos were united, and we’ve got a strange lamb.”