Just when I think that the world will always be dreary and predictable, something truly extraordinary happens. In this case, it is this baby cyclops goat, who has lived now for eight days in a village in India. Born on May 10th, National Geographic is reporting that he is definitely defeating the odds.
The goat has cyclopia, which means his brain has failed to separate into two halves. That's why he has only one eye socket. The condition can be a genetic defect, but can also be caused by the mother ingesting toxins during pregnancy. Most creatures suffering form the condition don't last long. But this goat is a creature of hope:
The goat may be surviving because of the loving care he's receiving from owner Mukhuri Das, who told reporters that he's thrilled by all the attention he and the goat are getting. Dozens of people swing by his residence everyday, trekking from surrounding villages. Das said, "I believe this goat will bring luck to my home."
The Huffington Post reports he told Barcroft TV that he certainly wasn't expecting anything like this. "I was shocked. It’s like a miracle and people have been coming to our place to see this baby goat,” he said. “It might be something from God that the baby goat was born in our house.”
In addition to having only one eye, the goat is missing eyelashes, eyelids, an ear, teeth, and its jaw and nose are shortened and underdeveloped. Other than that, he seems fine! But it's these sorts of deformities, and an underdeveloped brain, that make it difficult for animals born with cyclopia to live.
Das has apparently been feeding him like a normal goat and he's doing fine. Maybe this goat has the perfect balance of needed abilities to make it work, or maybe a goat doesn't actually need a fully developed brain to survive. He still baas. Long live cyclops goat!