First Known Case Of Conjoined Twin Deer Found In Minnesota Forest

Henrietta Strickland
May 15, 2018

D'Angelo of the University of Georgia calls the latest finding incredible and extremely rare, considering that the twin fawns were delivered by the mother.

A white-tailed female deer gave birth to baby twins in May 2016 that happens nearly like every day in the USA after giving birth, the mother started to clean her babies but to her surprise, they didn't respond.

When a mushroom hunter discovered a dead, two-headed deer fawn in a Minnesota forest two years ago, little did he know that his discovery would become a landmark case for scientists.

Cornicelli, who is a wildlife researcher for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), told Fox News: "It's never been described before".

An x-Ray of the two-headed deer shows no connection at the neck.

Researchers said while there have been previous reports of conjoined deer, this was the only one in which the baby reached full term and was born. They found that the female deer had the same body, but the spine is dispersed in the thorax into two parts, so there were two separate necks and two separate heads. "So, the uniqueness made it special".

According to D'Angelo, the fawns were born dead and haven't breathed fresh air that proves they were stillborn. The only other conjoined deer fawns ever found were in utero, and a press release notes that only 19 instances have been found in wildlife between 1671 and 2006.

A Complete evaluation of this twin fawns was a distinctive Opportunity for investigators to study this type of rare wildlife deformity, he explained. We can not even gauge the rarity of the.

Other anatomical abnormalities include two separate gastrointestinal tracts (but only one connected all the way to the anus), two hearts and extra spleens but only one liver, which was malformed, according to ScienceAlert.com.

"Animals that are stillborn, they don't last long on the landscape because of scavengers", Mr Cornicelli said. Yet, they were found groomed and in a natural position, suggesting that the doe tried to care for them after delivery. "In our case, we were lucky that he found the fawn before it was eaten and turned it into DNR". "The maternal instinct is very strong", D'Angelo added.

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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