Offbeat: Two Nose Calf

OREGON CO., MO(KAIT)-- An oddity is defined as something unusual, out of the ordinary, different from the normal. On a farm in Oregon Co., Missouri there is a true oddity of nature, a calf born with two noses.

Kenneth Hall has been working his cattle farm north of Alton, MO for 40 years and it's something he's never seen before.

"No there's no mouth attached to it or anything," said Hall.  "The nose does have some mucus in it and it does move."

He calls the calf "ole Noser" and Noser was born back in early May.  Ken says he first thought the calf had a tumor.

"Got to looking and found out it was an extra nose," said Hall "You could see the eye socket on the left side of the head where the ear should be and it was going down the side of the head.  I knew i had an oddity here."

Ken's a retired school teacher and says after a little research he learned Noser's about a 1 in a 1,000,000 calf.

"I would say the old cow had twins," explained Hall. "The nose looks to be about 3 months maturity.  Either that twin died and this calf ate it, soaked it up, or this mom wasn't giving it enough nutrition and the mom soaked it up.  "Things like this don't live. Mother nature has a way of taking care of mistakes.  It has both male and female parts. I just noticed then, it has male urinary tract, but it was using female out the back tract. That means it has one opening, but they're hooked together."

If you think Ole Noser is one for the record books, you might be right, Kenneth has been in touch with the folks from Ripley's Believe It or Not.

"It's very, very rare, acording to Ripley's that this calf should be alive," said hall. "They'd like to have the calf if it passes away. My question is, does it have two hearts does it have four lungs, who knows? That's why Ripley's is interested. If it dies they'd like to stuff it and put it in a museum some place. What else you gonna do with the calf?"

But for now, Kenneth says Noser is his pet. He and his wife Nan are just going to let nature take it's course and whatever happens, happens.

"If it dies, it dies. If it lives it lives," delared Hall.  "After 4 or five months, after I wean it, I'll make the decision then. I won't eat it, I won't put it through a ring, that's how it gets exploited."