A destitute Albanian widow with four children to feed was dejected when the family's only cow gave birth to a two-headed calf.
But the hapless creature, born with two brains and two mouths, brought them great fortune when a U.S. veterinary association bought the newborn for $25,000, the Gazeta Shqiptare newspaper said today.
Keeping the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
The undisclosed U.S. group also offered the widow money for the calf's mother, but she refused to sell it. "Maybe it gives birth to another calf like this," said the woman from the village of Rrumbullak, 40 miles south of Tirana, the capital.
The paper said the American vets wanted to study the deformed animal.
The area where the calf was born is notorious for birth deformities in both animals and humans, possibly due to heavy pollution from an industrial smelting complex.