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Remote Village Worships One-Eyed 'Cyclops' Goat (Photos)

A remote village is making news after a one-eyed goat was born there on May 10.

The goat, which is blind and also has only one ear, was born with a rare condition known as cyclopia, according to the Daily Mail. Cyclopia occurs when the brain's frontal lobe does not separate into left and right hemispheres during gestation. It can affect both humans and animals.

The typical result is a single central eye socket with one eye, although the eye socket may also have two partially conjoined eyes. There are no eyelashes or eyelids around the eye. Because the retina does not form properly, animals with cyclopia are blind, although they can sometimes distinguish between light and dark.

The condition also results in abnormally small lips and a short upper jaw with missing teeth, causing the normal-sized tongue to stick out.

Because mammals with cyclopia are typically stillborn or die shortly after birth, veterinarians predicted the goat would survive a few days at most. But he has proven them wrong.

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"They told me it will die in a few days but that was not true," said the goat's owner, Mukhuri Das.

"It's my responsibility to take care of the baby goat," he added. "I have been feeding him like a normal goat. It might be something from God that the baby goat was born in our house."

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The goat is considered by locals in Assam, India, to be sacred, and the Daily Mail reports that some have begun to worship him. A large number of people have traveled to the village to get a glimpse of the remarkable creature.

"When I came to know about it, I thought it's a lie," one villager said. "But I was shocked to see the goat with a single eye."

Das said he was taken aback by the goat's popularity.

"I was shocked," he said. "It's like a miracle and people have been coming to our place to see this baby goat."

"So many people are coming to our place to see this baby goat," he added. "We are happy that it's making us famous."

The internet has seen one-eyed goats before.

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In November 2016, a video emerged online showing two men displaying a white and brown baby goat that appears to have been born with cyclopia. According to The Sun, the goat was born on a farm in a remote area somewhere in the Middle East. The video clip was viewed more than 70,000 times. The goat's fate is unknown.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Sun / Photo credit:, Rima Sharma/Barcroft Images via Daily Mail, Liveleak via The Sun

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