The conjoined twins were discovered by a mushroom hunter in the woods of Minnesota, US in 2016.
A mushroom hunter made the discovery about a mile from the Mississippi River in Freeburg, Minnesota in May 2016.
Lab tests, including a CT scan and MRI, revealed the fawns had two separate had head-neck regions, which rejoined along the spine.More news: Iranian Foreign Minister visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Anatomy Museum will receive the fawn's skeletal recreation to put on display. The specimen has been stillborn, apparently, and was described as "amazing" and "extremely rare" by the scientists.
Other anatomical abnormalities include two separate gastrointestinal tracts (but only one connected all the way to the anus), two hearts and extra spleens but only one liver, which was malformed, according to ScienceAlert.com.
"We can't even estimate the rarity of this". According to the new study, this discovery marks the first documented case of two-headed white-tailed deer twins brought to full term and birthed.
The twins had normal heads, fur and legs, as well as "almost perfect" spots running up their necks. However, they had been discovered dressed and at a natural place, suggesting the doe attempted to take care of them following delivery.More news: Markets Right Now: Tech leads stocks lower; bond yields rise
For the first time, conjoined twins have been found in deer in the world. A necropsy (B) showed twin sets of organs, including two hearts nestled in the same sac (a). They're more commonly seen in domestic animals - especially in cows and cows - but much less prevalent in wildlife. After examining the corpse of an animal, the researchers found that it was a DOE white-tailed deer.
"Animals that are stillborn, they don't last long on the landscape because of scavengers", added Cornicelli. "The maternal instinct is quite powerful", D'Angelo explained.
Wild Images In Motion Taxidermy positioned the conjoined fawns on a bed of greenery, however, they'll eventually be moved to the Minnesota DNR headquarters in St. Paul and placed on public display. "The taxidermists, Robert Utne and Jessica Brooks, did a great job with the mount and treated it very respectfully".More news: 1 killed after possible explosion, auto crash in Aliso Viejo