Conjoined deer fawns found in Minnesota called 'amazing and extremely rare'

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Researchers not only ran a Complete necropsy, but did a 3D they revealed that the fawns - that were does - had two individual necks and heads, but they shared with a body.

The deer were reported to be "clean, dry, and freshly dead". "Of the tens of millions of fawns born annually in the United States, there are probably abnormalities happening in the wild we don't even know about", deer ecologist Gino D'Angelo of the University of Georgia said, according to Science Alert.

The discovery of a stillborn white-tailed fawn in a forest two years ago is believed to be the first recorded case of a conjoined two-headed deer to have been born.

According to the researchers, what makes this specimen unique is that it is the first case when a two-headed fawn has been carried to the term and delivered. "So, the uniqueness made it special".

Conjoined twin fawns have also been found before but they were still in utero and were stillborn. "It is amazing and incredibly rare". From 1671 and 2006, scientists described by 19 pairs of conjoined twins in wild animals, including five pairs - calves.

"Their anatomy indicates the fawns would never have been viable", D'Angelo said in the release.

"We can't even estimate the rarity of this". About other similar cases of deer known only in terms of miscarriages, but these have lived the entire pregnancy and managed to be born.

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Judging by the position of the body, the mother deer was trying to raise the dead deer at his feet and feed: the maternal instinct is very strong, the researchers note. They only had two hearts and two intestinal tracts but other than that all were shared.

When the animals' lungs were placed in water, they sank straight to the bottom ― confirming that the fawns never breathed air and were stillborn.

D'Angelo co-authored a study describing the find in The American Midland Naturalist. "In our case, we were lucky that he found the fawn before it was eaten and turned it into DNR".

The fawns have now been stuffed and will be put on display at the MDNR headquarters in St Paul, Minnesota.

"We all thought it was pretty neat and were glad to be able to show it to the public", said Cornicelli.

After the study wrapped up, the twins were preserved by Robert Utne and taxidermist Jessica Brooks to create a realistic display.

A fawn is pictured at the Animal Park of Sainte-Croix in Rhodes, eastern France on May 25, 2016.


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