5 Legged Lamb Born In England: See Deformed Farm Animal Here [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 3, 2013 10:09 AM EDT

5-Legged Lamb
Sam Prescott, director of Robson and Prescott Veterinary Center in Morpeth, said that while it's “certainly rare,” to see a five-legged lamb, others had have deformities such as two heads or conjoined bodies. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A five-legged lamb was born at a farm in Northumberland, England on Sunday, according to reports.

The five-legged lamb, named Quinto by the staff at Whitehouse Farm Center in Morpeth, was among three lambs born on Sunday. The BBC reported that the lamb's additional front limb is fully formed and does not appear to be causing Quinto any problems, according to manager Heather Hogarty. Hogarty further stated that a vet will assess the five-legged lamb in the next day or so and then make a decision on whether or not to amputate the leg.

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Quinto has quickly become a star attraction at the farm, which also features llamas, wallabies and meerkats.

"We've never come across anything like this before and neither has anyone we've spoken to," said Hogarty, who has run the farm's visitor center for 16 years. "She's doing absolutely fine at the moment and does not appear to have suffered any adverse effects from being born with an extra leg."

Hogarty described the fifth leg as being "a bit limp in the middle of her lower body."

"As she was being born we just thought it was one of the front legs in an awkward position," Hogarty said. "She and her two sisters are a very healthy weight. Having five legs isn't stopping her running about even though it's about the same size as the other legs. We've asked the vet to have a look at her and we would expect the extra leg to be amputated. But that should be straight forward and shouldn't affect her health too much."

Sam Prescott, director of Robson and Prescott Veterinary Center in Morpeth, said it's "certainly rare" but even he and his staff will see all different types of animal mutations and always have seen them.

"We'll see lambs born with two heads and Siamese twins," Prescott said. "There can be all sorts of deformities that make them nonviable."

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