Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hermaphrodite Owner: Zoran Paparic

A farmer in Croatia is happy to become the parent of a 8 legged hermaphrodite Goat he named Octogoat. Local veterinarians were on site to hand over the pet goat to his new parent and to share the health conditions of the hermaphrodite siblings. Unfortunately the local vet did not inform pet owner Papric that his beloved Octogoat was a victim of inbreeding.

As reported online:

Paparic farms in the Croatian town of Kutjevo. Veterinarians in the area tell Paparic that his new kid has extra legs because he was supposed to be born with another sibling but it was underdeveloped. The goat's mother, Sarka, gave birth to two female siblings in addition to the multi-legged goat, which is also a hermaphrodite with both female and male reproductive organs.

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  1. This week, on a family farm in northeast Croatia, a goat was born with eight legs and both female and male reproductive organs.

    "I counted his legs and I thought I was seeing things,” farmer Zoran Paparis told inSerbia. “Then I called my neighbor to make sure that I am not crazy.”

    A veterinarian in Arkansas attributed the eight legs and multiple reproductive organs to a “process called fetal reabsorption, in which one fetus absorbs another in the womb.” This same vet noted that “the process is not uncommon and is usually caused by low levels of a pregnancy hormone called progesterone” and that “the goat would most likely not live past two weeks.”

    “Kids born with both male and female organs occur at a rate of less than 15 percent in goats,” says Dr. Munashe Chigerwe, a professor and veterinarian at the University of California, Davis. Citing a study in the Journal of Heredity, Chigerwe notes that hermaphrodism in goats is genetic, and that hermaphrodism occurs more frequently in goats than in any other farm animal. The study finds that mortality rates among hermaphrodite kids are actually lower than mortality rates among normal kids. No mention of hermaphrodite kids with eight legs, though. (But, according to Chigerwe, multiple legs are positively associated with hermaphrodism, as are other factors, such as being polled—not having horns.)

    Multi-headed and multi-limbed creatures date back to Greek mythology's Lernaean Hydra, a snake-like creature with nine heads that was finally killed by Hercules as the second of his Twelve Labors. However, abnormal animals are not reserved for mythology. Rare birth defects have created pigs with three snouts, and even a cow with extra hooves growing out of its back. Paparis recalls a kid born with two heads at a neighboring farm several years ago.

    The farmer hopes his Octogoat—one of three triplets born to dam Sarka—will survive and gain enough strength to be back on its feet—all eight of them—in no time.

  2. Paramecia, single-cell eukaryote organisms, are hermaphrodite: during their sexual reproduction (or conjugation), the partners exchange their genetic material. Paramecia nevertheless have two "mating types," called E and O. Conjugation can only occur between different mating types. As early as the 1940s, scientists such as Tracy Sonneborn had noted that mating type was not transmitted to progeny in Mendelian fashion: a new type of trait transmission, not dependent on the chromosomes, had to be involved, but they did not succeed in elucidating it.