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Three eyed Welsh cow destined for the slaughterhouse saved by Hindu animal sanctuary

08 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
The three eyed calf. Picture by Malan Vaughan

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!”

‘Healthy’

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.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
23 days ago

That is one lucky calf…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
21 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I’ll say it is! I just had a look at this young fellow’s new home, I’m sure any less than £5,000 would have been disrespectful to the beast in the minds of the people of the sanctuary.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
23 days ago

Da iawn 😊

Kathy Bramley
Kathy Bramley
22 days ago

Why can’t people just say “oh cool” and look after the animal as being cool and interesting without I’m a third extreme being too weirdly white-coated about it!? These strange dichotomies and extremes echo the way people with physical differences and disabled people are treated. I hate the way the article has contrasted deification and religious treasuring with a view of impairment and fault, there was no evidence offered that it was impaired or unhealthy so I find Hughes’s apparent attitude particularly annoying. Maybe it wasn’t just have been the way the questions were posed, deliberate reporting sensationalism. It’s the… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
21 days ago
Reply to  Kathy Bramley

Jeeeez lady calm down and put down the thesaurus! Hahaaa!

Chloe
Chloe
21 days ago

Typical farmer cashing in. 5k is x4 it’s price!
Just shows there’s no compassion! They love animals my arse

animation 666
animation 666
21 days ago
Reply to  Chloe

Thats bs.not every farmer only cares about the money.thats industrialised farming .

Lisa
Lisa
21 days ago
Reply to  animation 666

He raises 3000 calves a year, that’s pretty industrial.

Sue webster
Sue webster
21 days ago

So glad the cow was saved

Patrick Cahill
Patrick Cahill
21 days ago

Jains aren’t Hindus.

BKP
BKP
21 days ago
Reply to  Patrick Cahill

They both are the sanatanis from sanatan land of India. Same philosophy. New names given in last 300 or so years

Last edited 21 days ago by BKP
Trictur
Trictur
21 days ago

Least this babe is safe

Dave
Dave
21 days ago

But no one has said the third eye is working. Surely if it was it would confuse his senses.

Tony Williams
Tony Williams
21 days ago

Why? Does your steak normally come to your plate with two eyes on It?

james0henrik@gmail.com
james0henrik@gmail.com
21 days ago

Jainism and Hinduism are different religions

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