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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Strange but true... Animals who were born with two heads

They say two heads are better than one - and that’s certainly true when it comes to freaky animal virals. Yesterday The Sun revealed how scientists had found the world’s first ever two-headed bull shark.
Experts who examined the baby beast, found off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, confirmed it was indeed a double-header and not conjoined using X-rays. Michigan State University boffin Michael Wagner said: "This is certainly one of those interesting and rarely detected phenomena.”
Today, we cast our net out over the freaky pond that is the web in search of two-faced, two-headed
and twice-as-odd beasts.

The shark

Some-fin fishy ... a scientist displays the world's first two-headed shark

The Cuban Slider turtle

This little fella was found by a police officer at the banks of the Almendares River in Havana, Cuba.

The cat

Meet Frank and Louie: One cat with two faces and their own Guinness World Record.
He's a Janus cat which means he was born with three eyes, two noses and two mouths.
Most cats of this type - named after the Roman god with two faces - only live for a matter of hours, but these two have been alive for more than 12 years.

The baby croc

This photograph was taken at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm on the outskirt of Bangkok, Thailand.
The tiny crocodiles - born measuring 17cms long and weighing just 70g - share a body and have a total of eight legs and two tails.

The piglet

Rudy, the two-headed pig, stands in the grass on the farm of Scott and Vicki Vorwald, in Iowa, US.
Rudy was sold to the Los Angeles-based animal rescue organization "Pigs Without Partners" in late March 1998. Most two-headed pigs are stillborn or die shortly after birth.

The tiny tortoise

This extremely rare tortoise was discovered in the Western Cape. Experts reckon it might have been the product of a genetic deviation during the development of the embryo.

The snake

A US aquarium purchased this 6-year-old snake for around £12,000 after the owner put an advert out for it. Experts swooped, knowing most two-headed snakes don't live longer than a couple of months.

The cow

A COW gave birth to a calf with two heads in Georgia - but it was rejected by its mother.
Despite that, it managed to stay alive and was brought up drinking from bottles.
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