Two-bodied, eight-legged, one-headed lamb born on Kangaroo Island

ODD LAMB: The two-bodied, one-headed, eight-legged lamb delivered by Ashleigh Bates on his Dudley Peninsula property on Kangaroo Island.
ODD LAMB: The two-bodied, one-headed, eight-legged lamb delivered by Ashleigh Bates on his Dudley Peninsula property on Kangaroo Island.

It’s lambing season on Kangaroo Island but not all the new lambs are born according to plan or even design.

Ashleigh Bates was out overseeing the deliveries among his flock on the family property on the Dudley Peninsula last week when he noticed a ewe having difficulty.

He was able to pull free the lamb or lambs that were made up of two bodies, eight legs and one head.

The lamb was formed when twins became conjoined, a phenomenon while very rare did happen occasionally with both livestock and humans.

According to Wikipedia, conjoined twins are an extremely rare phenomenon in humans, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births.

While the lamb twins did not make it, the mother survived.

Fellow KI prime lamb and merino producer Andrew “Aphid” Heinrich said conjoined twin lambs were indeed a very rare occurrence.

“I’ve heard of it happening, but have never experienced it myself,” Mr Heinrich said.

It is now peak lambing season for prime lambs on Kangaroo Island, while merino ewes had just started giving birth but would not reach peak lambing season for another few weeks.

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