Goat With Two Heads Born In Ekiti


IM

It was a morning of surprise for
residents of Osin-Ekiti in Ikole
Local Government of Ekiti State
on Friday as a black nanny goat
gave birth to a kid goat with two
heads. Residents of the sleepy town of
Ekiti said the strange birth was
the first ever in the history of the
town which has existed for
more than 50 years.
According to witnesses, the nanny goat which belongs to
and Octogenarian identified
simply as Mrs. Ola laboured for
more than 24 hours without any
success before veterinary
doctors were invited for an emergency rescue of the goat
which was already exhausted.
“It took the vet team more than
two hours to successfully
remove the two-headed
creature from its mother,” an eyewitness said.
Many residents who witnessed
the strange birth declined to
speak, fearing that the
occurrence has ominous
undertone. A middle-aged resident who
spoke under the condition of
anonymity confirmed that it was
the first time he would hear of
such occurrence since he started
living in the environment. “If it were those days of the past,
the owner would be forced to
visit the palace to say her own
side of the story of how she
came about the goat and the
kid,” the resident said. “It would be termed ‘fetish and
chronic use of juju’ and the
owner might even be sent into
exile if proper explanation was
not given.”
Another resident who also begged to remain anonymous
held that a goat with two heads
was the handiwork of evil-
doers, testing their evil powers
through this channel.
“It is not ordinary. God doesn’t make mistakes. Strange things
are happening these days and I
think the world is coming to an
end like the Holy book said,” the
resident said.
However, Dr. Abdulrasheed Shuaib, the veterinary doctor
who led the team that eventually
saved the goat from the
strenuous strange birth said it
was a mere mistake in nature.
The doctor who works at Temmy Vet, Oye-Ekiti explained
that though he hasn’t seen such
an incident physically before this
one, it wasn’t a new thing.
He said, “Since issues like that
happen in humans in the form of Siamese twins and many other
congenital abnormalities. It
simply means that during
fertilization − the union of the
male sperm and female ovum −
forming a zygote, the zygote was supposed to completely
split to give rise to two separate
fetuses. Incomplete splitting of
the zygote must have resulted in
this and instead of two distinct
fetuses, here we are with a kid with two heads.”
He said such births would have
been easily carried out by
surgery.
“Cases like this are usually
successfully done only by surgery (Caesarian section) but
somehow, miraculously, we
were able to manipulate by
traction and get the foetus
through the birth canal,” he said.
“It was a nice experience encountering such though some
were beginning to lose hope on
the survivability of both dam
(nanny goat) and kid through
the manual method. I told them
we have to get it carefully and professionally done, since
surgery should be our last
alternative.”
Under close gross examination,
the baby-goat had two separate
heads joined at the neck region, two forelimbs and two hind-
limbs. Each head carried two
eyes, a nose, a mouth, a tongue
and a pair of eyes. Despite the
fact that the kid was quickly
disposed of, the news has spread around the town.
Dr. Abdulrasheed added that the
strange birth could have been
caused by series of
environmental factors and what
the goat has consumed during the gestation period like
chemicals, smoke or haphazard
grazing on unwholesome plants.

IM