Saturday, 15 November 2014

7 Strange Two-Headed Animals

Two-headed animals are the saddest, weirdest and for some the most intriguing "wonders" of nature. Polycephaly is a greek-derived term, from the words "πολύ" meaning "multiple" and "κεφάλι" meaning "head". There is also a variation of the condition, diprosopus, in which the animal has two faces on a single head.

Here is a collection of some of the weirdest two-headed animals you can find on the internet:

1. Frankenlouie the cat with two faces

First we have Frankenenlouie, a cat with the diprosopus condition. Frankenlouie was born with two faces, three eyes, two noses and two mouths. What's so interesting about this cat is its remarkable longegivity. Most diprosopus cats die within a matter of days or months after their birth. According to the last update I could find on Frankenenlouie, the cat lived to be at least 12 years old. Who knows, it may still be alive!

2. Albino snake with two heads

This snake(s) is truly one in a billion, maybe more. Two-headness and albinism, all in the same package. How efficient! As you can see from the title of the video, it can be yours for 50,000$

3. Two headed turtle 

Meet Thelma and Louise, a two headed turtle born last year at the San Antonio Zoo. The turtle was born "healthy" and  had no problems with walking and swimming. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us. On July 29, 2014 officials announced that it died due to unknown reasons.

4. Two headed calf

This poor animal was born three years ago, in a small village in western Georgia. The mother refused to allow her strange offspring to suckle and as a result the owners had to bottle-feed it to keep it alive. Apparently it has one personality as everything is shared. When the right head suckles the left head is making the same suckling action. When one head blinks, so does the other. There has been no update on the calve's status.

5. Two headed dolphin 

Dolphin with two heads

The two-headed dolphin you see in the image was discovered by a tourist in the city of Izmir, Turkey and is only the fifth recorded case of conjoined twins in the dolphin family. Click here to learn more about the story.

6. Two headed pig

This is Rudy, a two-headed pig born in the farm of Scott and Vicki Vorwald in Iowa in 1998.  It was purchased from its owner for $5,000 by Los Angeles-based animal rescue group "Pigs Without Partners", who renamed it Ditto. Rudi died in the same year, just two months after getting to its new home. 

7. Two headed bearded dragon 

This is Bert and Ernie, a two-headed bearded dragon. At the second video they are two months old. The owner who comes by the nickname "Valley DragonRanch" sold Bert and Ernie to The Venice Freak Show in California. The transaction took place in 2009

And finally some honorable mentions:

1. Triple Headed Frog

This three-headed amphibian was discovered in Weston Super Mare, England 2004. It was found near a nursery and was kept in a container for several hours but hopped away to freedom later while nursery staff were showing it to curious parents.

2. Two headed dogs made in Russia

Two-headed dogs can occur naturally but Soviet scientist Vladimir Demikhov actually created two headed dogs via dog-head transplantation. He also did several similar transplantations in the 1930s and 1950s, lung and heart transplantation.

It should be noted that his work on dogs and other animals is considered by many as pioneering, contributing in the long run in the saving of thousands of lives.  For instance, Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first heart transplant operation from one person to another person in 1967, twice visited the Demikhov's laboratory in 1960 and 1963 and he considered Demikhov as his teacher. But even with this in mind, I still feel very sick watching the video.

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A two headed calve at the Museum of Lausanne.
Credit: By Rama (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.0]
via Wikimedia Commons

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