Rare two-headed deer found in Minnesota forest

16 May, 2018, 07:57 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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Officials conducted lab tests on the fawns, which revealed the two had separate head-neck regions which rejoined along the spine.

A CT scan of conjoined fawn twins.

The discovery was made by a mushroom hunter in May 2016 near the town of Freeburg, Minnesota.

The researchers analyzed a lot of the scientific literature and discovered Only 19 confirmed cases of conjoined twins in secret involving 1671 only two instances of Conjoined twins are discovered in white-tailed deer, but both have been Foetuses who hadn't been delivered.

The discovery of a stillborn white-tailed fawn in a Minnesota forest two years ago is believed to be the first recorded case of a conjoined two-headed deer to have reached full term and born by their mother.

The taxidermy company Wild Images In Motion received the pelt to make into a taxidermy mount, which will be on display at Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's headquarters. Gino D'Angelo, assistant professor of deer ecology and management at the University of Georgia, led the study of the specimen and published the results in the journal The American Midland Naturalist. "Of the tens of millions of fawns born annually in the USA, there are probably abnormalities happening in the wild we don't even know about", D'Angelo said in a press statement.

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The twins had normal heads, fur and legs, as well as "almost perfect" spots running up their necks.

D'Angelo says that the fawns would not have been able to live. However, they had been discovered dressed and at a natural place, suggesting the doe attempted to take care of them following delivery. He also had two gastrointestinal tract.

Besides, the fawn's lungs were clean as if the creature would've never breathed air, this being the fact which let researchers conclude the creature has been stillborn. "The maternal instinct is quite powerful", D'Angelo explained. They're more commonly seen in domestic animals - especially in cows and cows - but much less prevalent in wildlife.

For their new study, D'Angelo and his colleagues conducted computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on the conjoined twins, then conducted a full necropsy.

After the study wrapped up, the twins were preserved by Robert Utne and taxidermist Jessica Brooks to create a realistic display.

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