A mutant cow has defied the odds to survive birth with no eyes and a deformed skull.
Jaw-dropping photos from a village in the central-eastern Turkish province of Elazig, show a newborn calf with a huge brain protruding under its skin.
The cow's face has been compared to that of an abstract animal from a Picasso painting but is not expected to live much longer.
The farmer whose name has not been reported, immediately contacted local vet Hikmet Bicer for advice after seeing the unusual calf.
It had been born with a badly deformed skull and no eyes, the vet confirmed.
He also said that the animal’s jawbone has not formed, meaning it cannot feed and will not survive for long.
Due to its skull not forming properly, the calf’s brain was positioned under the skin, according to the vet.
Bicer told local media: “This was a birth anomaly, usually occurring as a result of a genetic disorder. It is a very rare condition.
“The calf’s skull has not formed properly and its brain is under the skin. It also does not have any eyes.
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“Its nose and mouth are partially formed, and there is no strong jaw structure.”
Bicer added: “In such cases, the calf has no chance of survival. Because its jaw has not formed, it cannot feed.”
The vet said: “This is the first time I have ever encountered such a situation.”
Last year a farmer in North Macedonia was spooked when a cow gave birth to a mutant calf with two conjoined heads.
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Villager Vasko Popovski said the mutant newborn has four eyes, two noses, two mouths but one brain and described how the calf's two skulls had "fused together".
Over in Russia, a freakish calf which resembled two pigs more than a newborn cow, did not survive its birth which sadly also killed the mother.
Vets studied the calf in the village of Matkechik, Khakassia earlier in October 2021 after a farmer reported the bizarre abnormality.
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