Farmer is stunned by five-legged sheep whose extra limb looks like a MULLET – as he vows to raise the animal as a pet
- A South Australian farmer has discovered a five-legged sheep in his flock
- The sheep’s extra appendage sprouts from the back of its head, but it seems okay
- Sam Kuerschner said he plans to keep the animal as a pet for his children
A farmer was stunned to discover that one of the sheep in his flock had a fifth leg on his head that was all over the place and what “looks like harder” haircut.
Sam Kuerschner’s father discovered the unique animal in September while taking a break from work on their property in Orroroo in the outback of South Australia.
“I’m a shearer too, so I’m around some sheep and you hear a few stories…but it’s definitely the first time I’ve [something like this] up close,” Mr. Kuerschner told ABC.
Mr Kuerschner with the rare lamb he discovered on his farm in South Australia (pictured)
Mr. Kuerschner said something was known about the area and a few other farmers and townspeople had asked him about the animal.
He added that the leg is fully formed and appears to be attached to the back of the sheep’s head by meat rather than a bone joint.
“It seemed completely happy and healthy and didn’t seem to have any medical problems.”
He said the limb reminded him of a mullet and was tempted to name her after AFL star Bailey Smith of the Western Bulldogs, whose prominent profile has revived the haircut in recent months.
He said the animal appears to be healthy and happy and plans to keep her as a pet
WHAT IS POLYMELIA?
A very rare congenital condition in which animals are born with extra limbs.
The condition usually presents with an extra leg.
Humans can also be predisposed, although extremely rare.
A vet estimated the frequency in sheep to be about 1 in 200,000
This is despite sheep being a ewe – with Mr Kuerschner saying he could see no reason why the animal couldn’t have lambs of its own when fully grown.
Before that, he said he plans to keep the animal as a pet.
“When it’s time to wean him from his mother, I think I’ll take him home and he can run around the house. I have three small children and they will be fascinated to have that as a special pet for hopefully the rest of their lives,” he said.
The sheep may even be named after AFL star Baily Smith (pictured) who recently brought back the mullet haircut