A farm vet has shared photos of one of her strangest-ever discoveries - a calf with three eyes.

Malan Hughes said she was testing cattle for TB at a farm in North Wales when she spotted the bizarre-looking animal.

The calf is around four months old and in good health, but it is unclear if it can see out of its extra eye, the Daily Post reports.

She said: “Vets tend to see all sorts of things - cyclops lambs and animals born with two heads – but I have never seen anything like this before.

“From the outside the extra eye looks fine. It has eyelids and eyelashes, and it is moist too, as if some kind of lubricant is being secreted.

“But it’s impossible to know if anything is going on behind the eye.”

The third eye is likely to be a developmental anomaly, and is extremely rare.

The animal was spotted by Pwllheli vet Malan Hughes during routine TB-testing
The animal was spotted by Pwllheli vet Malan Hughes during routine TB-testing

Seven years ago a calf with three eyes born in India was worshipped as a God.

Villagers in Tamil Nadu flocked to visit the animal who was named after Lord Shiva, the Hindu god who is depicted with a third eye, representing wisdom and insight.

The North Wales calf – a dairy cross British Blue animal – is unlikely to receive the same kind of attention.

It should lead a "normal" life, Malan said - but it is an animal destined for the food chain.

She said: “It does not act any differently from any other calf,” she said.

“As a veterinary practice, we will certainly be treating it with the same care we give every animal.”

Malan, who works for the Milfeddygon Deufor veterinary practice in Y Ffor, said she had not expected the huge interest that followed her unexpected discovery.

She said: “I took some pictures of the calf and carried on with my work.

“I’ve since had to turn off my phone because of the number of messages I’ve been getting.”