A two-headed goat cruelly described as a “abomination” has died as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.
The calf – dubbed Janus, after the two-faced Roman god – was born last month on the Nueske family farm in Wisconsin, US.
Online commenters cruelly called it an “abomination” – with one even saying it was a sign “the antichrist will soon appear”.
Others pointed out it was born as coronavirus killed thousands around the world.
The animal died last night just a day short of his one-month birthday.
Farmer Jocelyn Nueske said: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Janus died today,.
“This took us quite by surprise as he had been doing very well up until today.
“His first feeding went as normal but he was not very hungry for his mid-morning feeding.
“Later in the afternoon, he still was not hungry and then things took a turn for the worse.
“We checked his temperature and it was low. He became less active and within a few hours he was gone.”
Two-headed creatures can occur when an embryo splits, as if to form twins, but it does not split completely.
It can also occur the other way around, with two separate embryos incompletely fusing to form a two-headed creature.
Few survive long enough to be born and fewer still live beyond that.
Yet Janus survived and, in regular updates, he appeared to be happy and healthy, and was slowly learning to walk even though he struggled with two brains directing movement.
While the Nueske family are saddened, they are drawing positives from Janus’ life.
“Janus captured the hearts of so many this past month,” they said. “So many people were rooting for him!
“He will surely be missed but is a reminder that though unexpected challenges may come into our lives, we can choose to face them with kindness! And kindness is contagious!”
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