A piglet born in Brazil with two bodies and a head could have been the result of inbreeding, scientists believe, although investigations are ongoing
A misshapen piglet born with a head and two bodies has left scientists baffled.
The strange creature was dead when she was born in Sao Miguel do Oeste, in Santa Catarina state, southern Brazil, last week.
Footage of the corpse shows the creature has only one head but two distinct bodies from the chest down.
The piglet was born with four arms – two in front and two on its back – and what appears to be an undeveloped second head sticking out of its back.
Now scientists from the Center for Wildlife Studies at the University of West Santa Catarina are trying to unravel its mysteries.
Experts now know that the animal is actually two sows united by skull and thorax, sharing a single heart.
Ultrasound and X-rays have shown that they only have separate organs, such as kidneys and bladder, from the abdomen down.
Biologist and professor Jackson Preuss said, “We can say that they are conjoined twins, joined at the head and chest, sharing a single heart, and separating from the abdomen.”
Preuss explained that such cases are rare and such animals rarely survive.
The conjoined twins have yet to undergo an autopsy to find out more about them.
Preuss believes that the pigs’ genetic abnormalities are environmental and possibly even caused by microorganisms.
However, he says it could also have been caused by inbreeding.
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