The scientific world was shaken by a shocking discovery made by a man in a forest in Minnesota. In 2016, he stumbled upon a two headed deer fawn, the first of its kind ever found in the US. The animal, a stillborn, might have conjoined during birth, thus offering a great object of study for researchers.
The man found a freshly dead two headed deer fawn
While walking in the forest to pick up mushrooms, the man found the unique specimen lying dead on the tracks. The animal seemed to have died recently and looked as if it hadn’t suffered any traumatic events. Its finder knew this was a remarkable scientific finding, so it took the two headed deer fawn and gave it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Researchers concluded the twins must have conjoined at birth, and discovered they were also stillborn. They looked relatively clean and groomed, so their mother must have taken care of them soon after birth. However, stillborn animals rarely survive.
The man found no other deer nearby, so the twin’s mother and any other animals in the herd left for fear of predators. Stillborn fawns are a treat for scavengers as well, so the man must have reached the forest soon after the creatures’ death.
The unique exhibit will be on display for everyone to see
Researchers performed an X-ray on the two headed deer fawn and discovered how the joining occurred. They had individual necks, but they shared the lower areas of the spine. They also had their own heart, esophagus, and stomachs, while the liver was common.
Between 1671 and 2006, humans identified only 19 cases of two headed creatures among animals. When it comes to this specific species of deer, they had also identified two cases of conjoined twins. However, they were both found while still in the uterus. If you’re interested in seeing the two headed deer fawn in the flesh, the Department of Natural Resources in Minnesota will exhibit it at its headquarters.
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