motor rickshaw transporting holy cows (india)

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Motor rickshaw transporting holy 5 legged and 6 legged cows.­

The two calves in the back had extra legs attached to the top of their necks.­ This is a birth defect called Polymelia, where conjoint twins starts developing but one twin degenerated completely except for one or more limbs, which end up attached to the other twin.­

With cows, the one or two extra limbs are often attached to the top of the cow's neck.­ This extra legs are shrunken, deformed and non-functional, and they get strange long nails (since the nails on normal cow legs get worn by walking).­

In India, when a calf is born with extra leg or two, this is like winning the jackpot: those 5 legged and 6 legged cows are seen are very holy, and the owner will parade them around and receive donations from Hindu devotees.­

These two calves (one with 5 legs, and the other one with 6 legs) were transported around the city in this specially designed motor rickshaw, covered with images of the famous "Sai Baba" (not sure why).­

For more info about Polymelia, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Polymelia.

Photo taken in Varanasi - also known as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

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India 2013 Varanasi - Benares
Bulanala Maidagin Road, Ramapura Luxa, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India