A seven-week-old calf that was born with six legs has defied the odds and is now healthy and living in her native Switzerland.

Lilli, who was predicted by vets not to live past birth, has been milking her 15 minutes of fame as she has been splashed across the Swiss media.

Farmer Andreas Knutti was stunned when Lilli was born feet first with two extra legs attached to her back. He said: “The baby was in breech position so we had to send for the vet.”

Although Lilli will never be a ‘normal’ milk cow due to a curve in her spine, Knutti refused to euthanise her as she was “so full of life.”

The vet explained that the mutation is a result of twin embryos growing into one animal, with the extra legs the only evidence of the second.

Knutti, 46 from Weissenburg has said that if she stays healthy, Lilli will be able to join the other cows when they head for their Alpine pastures in summer.

Pictures of Lilli frolicking across sunny Swiss fields have melted the nation’s heart, but she is not alone in her condition. Lissy, another six-legged cow, was born four years ago in Bavaria and now lives happily in an Austrian sanctuary.