Scientists are baffled by an “extremely rare” occurrence of a two-headed deer found by a Minnesota man in a local forest. The conjoined fawns, which were stillborn, were carried to term by their mother which is a world’s first.
Researchers couldn’t help but wonder, of the millions of fawns born in the country, how many other abnormalities may occur without them even knowing it.
The person that made the discovery said he was looking for mushrooms when he stumbled upon the deer’s carcass by the Mississippi River. He sent the unusual creature to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where it was frozen for more in-depth research.
It’s amazing and extremely rare. We can’t even estimate the rarity of this,
University of Georgia deer ecologist Dr. Gino D’Angelo said.
The researcher and his team analyzed the conjoined twin fawns. A research paper about the findings was published this week in the American Midland Naturalist journal.
The Two-Headed Deer Delivered Stillborn but Groomed after Birth
The research team conducted MRI and CT scans on the specimen and dissected it. They found that the creatures had fused spines but separate heads and necks. The spot patterns were “almost perfect.”
The conjoined creatures also shared a liver and a pericardial sac, but the hearts, spleens, and gastrointestinal tracts were separate. The animals’ lungs showed no signs that they were used, which means that the rare specimen was delivered stillborn.
D’Angelo noted that the twins were found in a natural position and their fur was groomed which means that their mother cared for them after birth.
Scientists said that there are only 19 known cases of conjoined wild animals in the world. The team sifted through data as old as 1671. Other cases of conjoined twin fawns include white-tailed deer, but none of those animals were delivered.
Image Source: University of Georgia
Latest posts by Anne-Marie Jackson (see all)
- SF Hospital Slaps New Parents with $19K Bill for Baby Treatment - Mar 11, 2019
- Furious Trump Blasts Harley-Davidson for Moving Production Overseas - Mar 11, 2019
- Warning! MRI Machines Could Poison You - Mar 11, 2019