An 'Amazing' Find: Conjoined Deer Fawns

A man out hunting mushrooms accidentally discovered one of the strangest recent advancements in natural science after he came across a two-headed fawn.

Conjoined twins aren't unheard of in humans or animals, although Most don't survive after birth.

For the first time, conjoined twins have been found in deer in the world.

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. The specimen has been stillborn, apparently, and was described as "amazing" and "extremely rare" by the scientists.

The discovery of a two-headed mutant fawn in a Minnesota forest has become a landmark in the study of wildlife deformity.

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.

A CT scan of the fawns (A) revealed where their shared spinal column split into two individual necks and heads.

"We can't even estimate the rarity of this".

The twins had normal heads, fur and legs, as well as "almost perfect" spots running up their necks.

The conjoined fawns discovered in a Minnesota forest in 2016 is the first recorded case of a conjoined white-tailed deer brought to full-term and born, according to a recently published study. "Of the tens of millions of fawns born annually in the U.S., there are probably abnormalities happening in the wild we don't even know about", said deer ecologist Gino D'Angelo of the University of Georgia, according to Science Alert. Also, the creature had two hearts but which were surrounded by a single pericardial sac.

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.

D'Angelo said, "Their anatomy indicates the fawns would never have been viable". He adds that the hunter found the remains of the fawns cleaned and in a natural position means that the doe that delivered the fawns tried to care for the fawns before realizing they were stillborn.

After the hunter contacted the Minnesota DNR, the fawns were frozen before being taken for analysis.

"Animals that are stillborn, they don't last long on the landscape because of scavengers", said Cornicelli.

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