Veterinarians looked after private turtles in Cape Cod (Massachusetts) in America. The diamond back, about the size of a chicken piece, has two heads and six legs.
“No, you don’t see weakness,” the New England Wildlife Center, a local animal organization, wrote on Facebook. “This terrapin diamondback really has two heads.” The young animal was found at a protected nesting site in Massachusetts and taken to a nearby animal hospital.
In principle, it is not about one turtle, but about twins who grew together in the egg. As with humans, conjoined twins share certain parts of the body. X-rays showed that the animals were attached to each other at the spine and that they both had separate digestive systems. The twins “coordinate” with each other when swimming so that they ascend in time to get air.
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Turtles do surprisingly well. The Wildlife Center wrote: “Animals with this rare condition often do not live long, but we are optimistic about this animal.” “They’ve been with us for two weeks now and are still bright and active. They eat, swim and grow every day. Experts believe the twins do well together to explore their environment.”
So the New England Wildlife Center has hope, but it remains exciting. They keep a close eye on the condition of the turtles and hope to do better research when they are a little older.
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