Residents of Osin-Ekiti in Ikole LGA were startled on receiving the news of a goat with two heads born in the Ekiti State community. Many residents rushed to the venue of the incident to ascertain the credibility of the story and they were shocked by what they saw: a goat had given birth to a kid with two heads. The situation is possibly the issue of conjoined twins, experts believe.
A middle-aged woman who spoke on the incident said:
“If it were those days of the past, the owner would be forced to visit the palace to say her own side of the story of how she came about the goat and the kid.
“It would be termed ‘fetish and chronic use of juju’ and the owner might even be sent into exile if proper explanation was not given.”
Abdulrasheed Shuaib, a veterinary doctor whom it took two hours to deliver the two-headed goat said:
“Since issues like that happen in humans in the form of Siamese twins and many other congenital abnormalities.
“It simply means that during fertilization − the union of the male sperm and female ovum − forming a zygote, the zygote was supposed to completely split to give rise to two separate fetuses. Incomplete splitting of the zygote must have resulted in this and instead of two distinct fetuses, here we are with a kid with two heads.
“Cases like this are usually successfully done only by surgery (Caesarian section) but somehow, miraculously, we were able to manipulate by traction and get the foetus through the birth canal.”
Picture of the (deceased) two-headed goat and its mother: