The hopeful two-legged lamb

From the genetics-is-a-wonderfully-mutating-thing file, a two-legged lamb (right, exactly as shown) was born at a farm at Shangdong province in eastern China.

Faded Tribune reports that farmer Cui Jinxiu said,

“I did not think he would live very long, but then he managed to struggle up and stand on his two legs in order to drink some milk from his mother. He was surprisingly steady on his feet — and it did not seem to disturb his mother that he only had two legs. I was so impressed at his desire to survive that I began feeding him extra milk from a bottle. He gambols around with the other lambs when it’s sunny even though he is only a week old now. And he has such a friendly personality, he seems to enjoy life and I think he doesn’t realize he’s disabled.”

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