A lamb with six legs was born in a sheepfold in Torgau (Saxony). "It just wanted to live from the start, and we're giving it the chance now," said breeder Bernd Tinter. "Dolly", as the lamb is called, finds it difficult to suckle and stand up alone. One leg was tied up with a bandage so that it could move better.
Apart from the deformity, a vet found no problems. The animal is said to be fine. It is unclear how the disability will affect Dolly's life in the future. It is assumed that the malformation was caused by the Schmallenberg virus. The virus is transmitted by insects. If pregnant sheep are infected, the virus can get into the uterus and cause malformations in the embryo.