Two piglets, one in China and one in Scotland, both born with 'human features' and 'genitals' on forehead
It is not uncommon for large litters of piglets to have some defects. But two such genetic anomalies have garnered much interest.
On Wednesday (Feb 11), a piglet was born in Scotland with an extreme mutation. Its head was so deformed it appeared to have what could be described - at a stretch - as human features.
Born without a regular snout, its mouth appeared flat and wide. Its eyes had no eyelids, causing them to bulge out.
But the mutation that really got people talking - or giggling - was an appendage on its forehead.
This runt of a litter of 10 has what some have leapt to describe as a "penis".
The sight is not for the faint-hearted or weak of stomach.
Mirror UK reported that staff at the Aberdeenshire farm said that they have never seen such a serious deformity on a piglet.
The piglet did not live long, as it is thought its mouth would have prevented it from suckling.
Screengrab from Daily Record
Yet there had been a very similar mutation found in China reported on earlier in the week.
That piglet was the last to be born of a litter of 19 owned by Chinese farmer, Tao Lu, and had the same description.
After a local newspaper carried the news, witnesses that rushed to see the piglet said it had a "human face" with a "penis" on its forehead.
According to Mirror UK, there was even a bidding war as some fought to buy the pig (below) after a local newspaper carried the news.
Tao, 40, said: "It was a large litter... All the others were normal, just this one was really bizarre."
The farmer added: "It is a shame it died, I could have got more money for it than for the rest of the family put together based on what people were offering me on the phone."
Porcine mutations have gone viral before as this video of an "elephant pig" and the "monkey pig" shows.
Source: Mirror UK, YouTube, Daily Record