Three eyed Welsh cow destined for the slaughterhouse saved by Hindu animal sanctuary
A cow born in Wales with an extra eye in the middle of its forehead that was destined for the slaughterhouse has now been saved by a Hindu animal sanctuary.
In May Nation.Cymru broke the news that a calf with three eyes was born on a farm on the Llŷn peninsula. The farmer, Jake Jones, said at the time that he had “never seen anything like it”.
Despite its unusual third eye the calf has been destined to enter the food chain until it was bought for £5,000 by the Jain Animal Sanctuary in Leicester.
Cows are among the most revered beasts in Hinduism and three-eyed calves have previously been worshipped as religious dieties. The Welsh cow has been named Mahadev, which is another name for the Hindu deity Shiva, who has a third eye.
The sanctuary said: “We are very proud and blessed to inform everyone that we have rescued a three-eyed bull from slaughter in Wales. We have named him Mahadev. It’s an honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to provide love and care to Mahadev!”
The third eye on the forehead of Jake Jones’ calf was spotted by visiting vet Malan Hughes.
“I rear about three thousand calves a year and have never seen anything like it!” Jake Jones told Nation.Cymru.
“I asked the vet what it was while she was testing it for TB and she said it was an eye!”
Malan Hughes from Pwllheli shared a picture of the calf saying she “could not believe what we spotted today” and asked if anyone else had ever seen such as animal.
“Having a calf or any animal with this impairment is extremely rare,” she told Nation.Cymru. “I have never heard of, or seen one like this before.
“The calf seems perfectly healthy. We were doing other work with the herd when we noticed the fault. He will surely live a normal life for such an animal.”