A ‘cyclops’ puppy has been hailed as lucky by Thai villagers after he was born with only one eye in the middle of his head.
The mutant mutt – called Kevin after the Minions cartoon character – was in a litter of two in Chachoengsao, central Thailand.
Two days after the unusual dog’s birth on Sunday February 2 he appears to be fit and healthy, with his owners bottle feeding him every day.
Owner Somjai Phummaman, 45, a government worker, said he was getting dressed when he noticed his Aspin dog had given birth to two puppies on the bedroom floor.
He put them in a basket to keep warm then noticed the fascinating mutation on one of the new arrivals.
Mr Phummaman said residents who visited his home pointed out the puppy’s likeness to cartoon characters the Minions, from the popular animated film.
He said: ‘We are wishing that the puppy survives, even though it has a deformity. We want to keep him as a pet until he grows up.
‘Everybody has been amazed by him and saying that it is lucky sign. People said that he looks like the yellow cartoon character with one eye, so we can nicknamed him after that.’
After the news spread across the village, other neighbors came to Mr Phummaman’s house to see the lucky puppy, using the day he was born for their lottery numbers.
Mr Phummaman’s daughter, Parn, added that all the family were delighted to have a newborn puppy with the physical abnormality.
It is still not clear if the puppy’s single eye will function properly as it typically takes around two months for a dog’s sight to develop fully.
She said: ‘We have taken good care of the puppy so far. He cannot be breastfed the proper way, so we have to hand feed him with the milk bottle.’
Video footage shows the newborn pup snuggling up to mother Khainui and being sniffed by his brother Mah.
Kevin is also seen trying to wriggle around while being held by one of his owners in a green and black striped blanket.
The abnormal puppy has only one-eye in the middle of his head and a mouth with large pink lips.
Mr Phummaman added there were many friends asking him to give them the pup, but he wants to keep him to raise alongside his wife Amphan, 49.
He said: ‘The puppy and mother dog Khainui are both healthy so our family will raise them by ourselves.’