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Rare two-headed white-tailed fawn was sent for taxidermy after studying

A white-tailed female deer gave birth to baby twins in May 2016 that happens almost like every day in the U.S. after giving birth, the mother started to clean her babies but to her surprise, they didn’t respond. The twins were conjoined from the neck down and were stillborn. The twins had two heads but possessed one body.

A pair of conjoined twins is rarely seen and someone found the body in southern Minnesota during mushroom hunting. Kevin Serres, found the body on time because if it was left on the woods for long, it would have been eaten by some predator and the specimen would have been destroyed. Serres collected the dead twin body and handed it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The body of the twin fawns was frozen so that the biologist could go through the in-depth study and research on its features.

In order to study the specimen in detail, the biologists thawed the carcass and headed it for necropsy. They performed the CT scan and an MRI scan of the carcass at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The study was later conducted and the results were published in the Journal of the American Midland Naturalist by Gino D’Angelo who is an assistant professor of deer ecology and management at the University of Georgia. These sorts of findings are definitely the rarest of all but scientists are unable to calculate the exact frequency why this happens.

According to D’Angelo, the fawns were born dead and haven’t breathed fresh air that proves they were stillborn. When he looked at the CT and MRI scans of the specimen, he realized that their spines had sequenced into one halfway down their backs. The twins shared most of the body parts inside and out. They only had two hearts and two intestinal tracts but other than that all were shared.

One out of two intestinal tracts led to the anus which means that the deer would have died quickly after birth if they were not stillborn. The famous taxidermy company, the Wild Images in Motion got the pelt to make into the taxidermy mount that will be showcased on the display at the headquarters of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The skeleton would be taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Anatomy Museum.

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