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**DISTRESSING IMAGES** ‘Although alive at birth, his deformities were incompatible with life’ – vet

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**DISTRESSING IMAGES** ‘Although alive at birth, his deformities were incompatible with life’ – vet

Cavan-based vet Gerard McGovern was recently presented with a case involving a deformed Hereford-cross calf, born to a Friesian cow.

In a post on his Instagram account – which has more than 29,000 followers – McGovern said: “[The calf was] born with skeletal deformities, including arthrogryposis (fusion/ankylosis of joints), a cleft in his spinal column, possibly as a result of his mother being affected with Schmallenberg virus."

"To compound his misery, he was also born with an omphacoele (umbilical fissure) & protrusion of his abdominal organs.”

“Although alive at birth, his deformities were incompatible with life and he was euthanased soon after birth.” The vet concluded.

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Image source: Gerard McGovern \ Instagram

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