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"Two-headed tortoise gets her close-up"

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Posted by: unchikun at Thu Mar 8 14:59:17 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by unchikun ]  
   

Los Angeles Times

Two-headed tortoise gets her close-up in Kiev
March 5, 2012 | 2:18pm


Every day on World Now we choose an amazing photo from around the world. Today we did a double take at this shot of a two-headed tortoise on display in Ukraine.

The animal also has two hearts, six legs and a single intestine. "Strictly speaking it isn't a tortoise with two heads, but rather two conjoined tortoises," zoologist Yuri Yuravliov told the Agence France-Presse.

The unusual creature was born in captivity. “Animals with this type of pathology are only rarely born and don’t survive in natural conditions,” Yuravliov said.

Dmitry Tkachev, who organized the Kiev exhibition where the tortoise is on display, told Russian state media that the two heads cannot see each other.

“Each has its own character, so they often want to crawl in different directions,” he explained to Ria Novosti, the Russian international news agency.

It isn't the only reptile with two heads out there: A Geneva museum has exhibited a two-headed tortoise named Janus after the Roman god with two faces.

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

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since they're russian tortoises, and they've lived long enoguh to reach that size, i'm guessing that they must be relatively healthy, huh? though they cannot see one another, i wonder how much awareness of each other they have, either from hearing each other or touching each other with their adjacent front legs.
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