Superstitious beliefs are one of the major problems faced in developing parts of the world. Due to religions and cultures, people in these regions tend to believe in old wives tales, stories and traditions, even though they may sound absurd at times. An example of such is this calf born with a disorder which has been tagged as a supernatural being in India.
The calf from the Bardhaman district of West Bengal was born with a defect known as ‘cyclopia’ – a genetic disorder whereby there are deformities in the development of the head, leading to a fused central cavity. This means that most times the face develops with a single large eye, no nose, and other uncommon features.
Usually, if born with this condition, a calf is often euthanized because they have a low chance of survival. Surprisingly, locals of West Bengal believe it to be God-like features and have adopted the calf after its mother abandoned it.
According to Daily Mail, the owner said:
“Ever since it was born, people have crowded my place to see the bizarre calf. They are now considering it to be a miracle of God and have started worshipping it.”
A video of the calf show its apparent struggles to survive. In the absence of a nose, it has to stick its tongue out to breath. It has a single large eye and weakly developed jaws.
Most times, animals or individuals with the condition don't last long after birth because of its complications. Sadly, the people of West Bengal may have to do without their fortune calf soon.
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However, beyond the absurdities, this story reveals the plight of the underdeveloped areas of the world, and how much attention they need when it comes to education. We hope they learn soon that it's all scientifcally explained, and not a result of divine powers.