Residents of the Colombian town of Villa Vieja got a bit of a surprise when a calf was born with six legs, two sets of genitals and two udders.

'The calf has six legs, two vaginas and six nipples,' explained the animal's owner, Salvador Vanegas.

Vanegas, who has been raising cattle for many years, said it was the first time he has seen a calf born with that many legs and vaginas.

Dozens of residents of Villa Vieja - in Colombia's central Huila province - gathered at Vanega's ranch at the weekend to see the leggy, double-vagina'd animal.

'Some people (were) horrified while looking at the calf with the six legs, but what can we do about it? This is a thing of nature,' said Julio Hector Corrales, a relative of Vanega.

Corrales attributed the abnormalities in the animal to a possible lack of calcium.

'Animals don't develop as they should,' he noted.

The six-legged cow is not the first hoofed mammal with too many body parts to hit the headlines recently: other recent examples include a cow with two faces, and a seven-legged intersex deer.