- A two-headed white-tailed fawn found two years ago in a Minnesota forest is cementing its place as a landmark case among the oddities found in nature.
It's not known why the twins were conjoined.
The conjoined fawns discovered in Minnesota in 2016 are the first recorded case of conjoined white-tailed deer brought to full-term and born, according to a recently published study.
In May 2016, a Minnesota man was hunting for mushrooms in a forest near the Mississippi River when he stumbled upon something a little more unusual than fungi.
A dead two-headed deer found in a United States forest is believed to be the first case of the species conjoined at birth. We can not even gauge the rarity of the.
In utero, stated Gino D'Angelo, researcher in the University of Georgia from the USA who analyzed the bull.
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. The fawns had normal fur, heads and legs, but internally had a shared liver, extra spleens and gastrointestinal tracts.
Researchers were only able to find 19 confirmed instances of conjoined twins in wildlife between 1671 and 2006, five of them were within the deer family.
"Their anatomy indicates the fawns would never have been viable", D'Angelo told The Independent.
He added the fawns were "found groomed" suggesting "the doe tried to care for them after delivery".
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.
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 two-headed deer found in Minnesota is an extremely rare specimen not only among its species but also among other species.
After the study wrapped up, the twins were preserved by Robert Utne and taxidermist Jessica Brooks to create a realistic display.