What do you want to bet the eco-freak, twig eating, tofu farting, lily-livered, Prius driving, America-hating, bleeding heart liberal, blinkered, Starbucks drinking, elitist, can’t-we-all-just-get-along, granola eating, namby-pamby, Birkenstock wearing, tree hugging, long haired, pansy-assed, kumbaya-singing, Earth First, bed-wetting, patchouli wearing, dirty, smelly, dope smoking, bongo playing, arm pit haired women and feminized, armpit shaved men crying “Mother Earth is Gaia” tortured artiste types will blame this on frakking?
The Black Angus calf was born Wednesday at Gerald Skalsky’s ranch south of Beulah.
Skalsky, 59, says he plans to have the extra limbs surgically removed so it doesn’t get caught in a fence
‘I’ve been ranching my whole life, and I’ve never seen anything like it,’ Skalsky told the Bismarck Tribune.
Skalsky said he doesn’t plan to keep the calf for breeding but he still plans to keep the calf’s mother.
The calf could’ve been born with one of two disorders, polydactyly or polymelia, state veterinarian Susan Keller told the Tribune.
With polymelia the extra limbs are often smaller or shrunken. Polydactyly is the result of genetic combinations involving recessive genes.
Keller says this type of defect is an ‘important topic that producers should not be afraid to report to their veterinarian and to all breed associations’.
She also suggested taking a DNA sample from the calf, cow and bull in order to determine ‘if the defect is genetic or due to other potential causes’.
Gerald Kitto, a veterinarian at Sheridan Animal Hospital, told the Tribune that he’s seen ‘three or four calves with an extra limb’ in his 42 years of work.
He said, in his opinion, it could be a set of twins that didn’t split during development.
‘It can be something else, but I think it’s more a mistake in gestation,’ Kitto added. According to the experts, the condition isn’t fatal.