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2-headed calf heads to Alcorn’s veterinary program

NATCHEZ — The spirit of Adams County’s two-headed calf may be gone, but its body will be immortalized in the halls of science.

The calf, delivered in northern Adams County earlier this month at the operation of a full-time cattle producer, was carried to full term but did not survive beyond birth.

Click here to see a picture of the two-headed calf. Warning: The image contains graphic content.

The cattle producer whose calf it was did not want to be identified at the time of the birth. Since then, the specimen has been kept in a freezer.

However, the veterinary program at Alcorn State University will soon have the calf mounted and displayed at the Lorman campus, Alcorn veterinarian Cassandra Vaughn said.

“We were contacted about the calf and asked if we wanted it,” she said. “I think it is a very unique opportunity, and (we) would like to capitalize on it and have something available for study.”

After having the body mounted, Alcorn will also display the calf’s skull, Vaughn said.

“If they don’t or can’t use the skeleton, we will at least use the skull, because that is the interest point,” she said.

Vaughn said she has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1988 and has seen two-headed specimens before, but this is the first two-headed calf she has had the chance to observe.

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