In honor of Cow Appreciation Day, I have two calves for you.

Actually it would be four calves because the baby bovines are both conjoined twins.

The first conjoined calf comes from Honesdale.

two headed calf

On the back of the card it states that the calf was from Honesdale and was recently purchased for $1,500. A little more digging around the library I found that the calf was born on Julius Martin’s farm in Honesdale. The conjoined calves only lived a short time after birth in late April 1912. Following their death, it was taken to a taxidermist to be preserved. Times-Tribune Archives

The second conjoined calf comes to us from Montrose.

This calf was born on a farm near Montrose in September 1955.

woman with calf

Mrs. John Peterson, owner of a farm two miles south of Montrose, is shown feeding a two-headed calf that was born on the farm on September 23, 1955. Times-Tribune Archives

According to the report, the calf was born on Mrs. Peterson’s Farm, which is two miles outside of Montrose, on September 23, 1955. Eleanor Peterson found that one of their Holstein cow’s gave birth to a set of twins. The calf was fine – one head. The other twin had two heads, four eyes, two mouths but only two ears and one brain. A veterinarian said that both calf have a good chance of making into maturity.

man and woman with calf

Sindey Button, right, holds the two-headed twin calf born on September 23, 1955 at the farm of Mrs. John Peterson near Brewster’s Pond, two miles south of Montrose. Mrs. Peterson’s daughter, Eleanor, hold the calf’s twin. She found the calves in a field on the farm. Calves’ mother is five-year old Holstein. Times-Tribune Archives