Baby Boy with Sixteen Toes Born in Rural China


Sixteen Little Baby Toes!

Here at The Worley Gig, we enjoy freakish things. However, we do not generally blog about freaks of nature, because we find that to be in questionable taste. That said, I was oddly charmed by this picture of a Baby born in rural China with eight toes on each foot, because look at all of those little toes! Other than being digitally challenged (he’s apparently got extra fingers but no thumbs, for ten digits on each hand) the baby has a normal face and body and appears to be healthy.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest Condensed-version of the story, according to Shanghaiist.com: “Two new parents from Leizhou, Guangdong got a bit of a surprise last week when they discovered that their newborn baby boy had eight toes on each foot.

The baby has the usual number of fingers (ten in total), but oddly enough, no thumbs at all. Doctors say the birth anomaly could have been caused by either genetics or environmental pollution, though that doesn’t seem like much of a prognosis to us at all.” This is a bit of a drag for the child but certainly not anything that can’t be adapted to and overcome.

Maybe a group of philanthropic doctors will even donate their facilities and services to reconstruct the baby’s feet by removing a couple of toes. I’m not sure how easy it will be to adjust to life in a world where having opposable thumbs is the norm, but I imagine having no thumbs from birth will make that hurdle easier to tackle when he comes to it. Good luck to you, little many-toed baby!

0 thoughts on “Baby Boy with Sixteen Toes Born in Rural China

  1. I feel sorry for this baby. Even more so that the parents are parading him around. He will probably have a difficult time learning to walk. Poor thing.

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