Mutant Pig With Two Bodies And One Head Baffles Scientists

A mutant pig born with two bodies but one head has stumped scientists.

The baffling creature arrived stillborn in Sao Miguel do Oeste, Santa Catarina state, southern Brazil last week.

A pig with two bodies, one head and eight legs was born in the west of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in May, 2022.
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Video footage of the corpse shows the creature has just one head but two distinct bodies from the chest down.

The piglet was born with four arms – two at the front and two on its back – and what looks like an undeveloped second head emerging from its back.

Now scientists from the Centre for Wildlife Studies at the University of West Santa Catarina are trying to uncover its secrets.

The experts now know that the beast is actually two sows united by the skull and chest and sharing a single heart.

Ultrasound and X-ray scans have revealed that only from the abdomen down do they each have separate organs, like kidneys and bladders.

An X-ray of a pig with two bodies, one head and eight legs was born in the west of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in May, 2022.
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Biologist and professor Jackson Preuss said: “We can say they are Siamese twins joined at the head and thorax, sharing a single heart and, from the abdomen, a separation takes place.”

Preuss explained such cases are rare and such animals rarely survive.

The conjoined twins have yet to undergo a necropsy to find out more about them.

Preuss believes the pigs’ genetic malformations may be environmental in origin and may have even been caused by microorganisms.

However, he says it could also have been caused by inbreeding.


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