Two-headed calf in Van Alstyne

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. - It's something you definitely don't see everyday-- a two-headed calf.

"Oh, it's unusual. One in about 50 million, I guess. That's what people say but I don't know if they knew what they were talking about or not," says owner Joe Stephens.

We're talking about a two-headed calf. He was born Thursday, and
Stephens says he didn't even notice it at first.

Stephens just saw the calf and picked it up and then noticed the second head. So far, the calf seems to be doing okay. Stephens brought him home to Van Alstyne to help feed it and give it a chance.

By the way, Stephens' daughter named the calf 'Ricky and Bobby'.

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  • by Farmer John Location: Everywhere on Jan 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    The trouble with ALL of these stories is that we never have a follow up on any news story from 10 or 12,there news is just a vehicle for commercials......tell part of a story, go to the next one for 20 seconds then another one for 20 seconds,but this is all we have and i'm thankful for the comments section.
  • by baby gurl Location: duckenville on Dec 31, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    Hey I Know about cattle and i know that this one probably didn't survie its life and if it did it is lucky
  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    i know this sounds kind of dark but i'm wondering would the calf have a full natural life if the other head was removed..sorry don't know much about cattle..are the heads independent of each other....this has really raised my coursity..
  • by Myles Location: Bonham on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    That is dont see this everyday in the cattle business
  • by brandie Location: caney oklahoma on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    hey yal are doing a good job with the weather keep it this on channel 12 and at 5p.m.
  • by Rachel Location: Denison on Mar 31, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    According to, the condition is called diprosopus. It happens when twins start to form and don't completely separate. In most cases, the twins are completely fused with one set of limbs, but part or all the face is duplicated.
  • by Al Location: Fannin County on Mar 31, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    At least now we know, the ignorant amongst us watch the news but learn nothing. Imbread? The correct term is conjoined and it is a birth defect by no fault of either parent.
  • by Adam Location: Sherman on Mar 31, 2008 at 04:16 PM
    LOL Tis is fun-A And cool
  • by Reed Location: Allen on Mar 31, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    Very cool, I thought the kids were joking when they first told me. Don't donate it to the aggies!
  • by Kasey Location: Oklahoma on Mar 31, 2008 at 10:29 AM
    I've been around cows my whole life and have only known of about 4 calves born with 2 heads and the longest that any of them lived was about 6 hrs. I hope the calf makes it so that I can say that I have heard of at least one 2 headed calf born that made it.
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