In a basement under the University of Copenhagen there is now something of a sensation.
- It's a Cyclops horse who was born on a farm this summer. It is extremely rare that we see Cyclops. It is certainly the first that I have seen during my 30 years at the university, Henrik Elvang, a professor at the Department of Veterinary Biology Disease at the University of Copenhagen, says to tv2.dk.
A Cyclops is a creature with only one eye in the middle of the forehead. Cyclops is probably best known from Greek mythology, where the most famous Cyclops probably is Polyphemus occurring in the Odyssey as a giant shepherd.
No one knows for sure why Cyclops is formed.
- But we know that it is a very serious malformations of the central nervous system - especially the eye region. In most cases, a Cyclops will be stillborn, as it was in this case. But in some cases they can live for a short time after birth, Henrik Elvang, says, which will now exhibit the horse in the Department of Veterinary Biology Disease.
- The horse has no research interest because the phenomenon is so extremely rare. But it is fascinating and exciting, and therefore it becomes part of our freak collection, which counts more Cyclops, Henrik Elvang says, who have had the Cyclops horse frozen since last summer until it was being displayed last weekend.
The freak collection exhibits beyond the Cyclopes also a four-legged duckling and Siamese pigs.
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