Rare discoveries among wildlife amaze us all. We get curious to know more about the animals about why are they different from others, or how does their living conditions differ from other such normal animals. The mushroom hunter discovered fawn and declared it as ”freshly dead” in the Minnesota forest in US forest.
According to American Midland Naturalist, the science journal no other case of conjoined “two-headed deer” reached full term and took birth. According to wildlife experts, no other conjoined white-tailed deer fawns reached the last stage of pregnancy. The “two-headed deer” was discovered by a mushroom hunter as he stumbled across them mile from Missippi river in Freeburg on May 2016. The mushroom hunter immediately contacted Minnesota DNR but before undertaking necropsy the fawn was frozen.
Wildlife experts are terming the two-year-old discovery of a conjoined white-tailed fawn an innovative case in terms of studies into wildlife malformation.
Things were normal including the fur, hair, legs according to the co-author of the study, Gino D’Angelo, a researcher at the University of Georgia. But there was something strange about the “two-headed deer” in US forest because they shared many internal organs. Liver and extra spleens gastrointestinal tracts were shared by them.
Ct scan and MRI revealed that twins had two separate head-neck areas which rejoined along the spine.
“It is not uncommon to find conjoined twins in domestic animals, cattle, and sheep in particular, but it is rare in other kinds of wildlife.”
Co-author of the study and a wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, told FOX9, Lou Cornicelli told “It’s never been described before,” There are a few reported cases of two-headed ungulate fetuses, but nothing delivered to term. So, the uniqueness made it special.”
“Their anatomy indicates the deer would never have been viable, yet, they were found groomed and in a natural position, suggesting that the doe tried to care for them after delivery. The maternal instinct is very strong,” explained D’Angelo. He further explained “We all thought it was pretty neat and were glad to be able to show it to the public,” Cornicelli told FOX9. “The taxidermists, Robert Utne and Jessica Brooks, did a great job with the mount and treated it very respectfully.”
These amazing discoveries proved how vast our wildlife culture is and how unique things resides within. From “two-headed deer” to many more things still unrevealed.