Animal Deformities

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Poor wee thing. Still, I'm glad it had a few weeks of a normal life.



Woman finds baby cardinal with 2 heads, 3 beaks
A Northampton woman made an unusual discovery in her yard - a deformed baby cardinal with two heads and three beaks.

April Britt says she found the bird near the base of a tree Monday and returned it to its nest.

The 67-year-old Britt tells the Daily Hampshire Gazette the bird apparently couldn't eat without assistance from the adult birds. The middle beak didn't work well and the other two didn't appear to be connected to the bird's throat.

A scientist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society says animals with such abnormalities rarely survive birth, making the find all the more unusual. He says the deformities could have been caused by genetic or environmental factors.

The baby and adults were gone by Tuesday.

Also a photo:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s293 ... rdinal.jpg
 

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Stumbled across this video yesterday. Cyclopia is normally incompatible with life, but I have heard of the occasional animal surviving, and as this little turtle appears to have a functional jaw (it's really disconcerting when it looks straight at the camera and opens its mouth), I suppose its chances are as good as any...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMZ0bD3 ... =endscreen

I do apologise for the music.
 
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Fishermen in Mexico find two conjoined whale calves
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25663557

Two conjoined gray whale calves at the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, in Los Cabos resort, state of Baja California, Mexico, on January 5, 2014

The two conjoined gray whale calves have been described as "exceptionally rare"

Mexican officials say fishermen have found two conjoined gray whale calves in a lagoon in Baja California.

A government biologist, Benito Bermudez, said the whales were found alive in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon but died shortly after being born.

He said they were linked at the waist, with two full heads and tail fins.

Every year, thousands of gray whales swim south from the US state of Alaska to warmer waters in Mexico where they mate and give birth.

Mr Bermudez, who works for Mexico's National Natural Protected Areas Commission, or CONANP, described the discovery as "exceptionally rare".

"It's the first record we have of this event in the history of whale censuses we've conducted since 1985," he told the EFE news agency.

He said scientists were collecting skin, muscle and baleen samples to study the creatures.
 
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ramonmercado said:
Fishermen in Mexico find two conjoined whale calves
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25663557

Two conjoined gray whale calves at the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, in Los Cabos resort, state of Baja California, Mexico, on January 5, 2014

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Mr Bermudez, who works for Mexico's National Natural Protected Areas Commission, or CONANP, described the discovery as "exceptionally rare".

"It's the first record we have of this event in the history of whale censuses we've conducted since 1985," he told the EFE news agency.

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I've seen posts on news sites speculating that it might have something to do with Fukushima. However, since the bizarre looking double corpse was found in the Gulf of Mexico, I can't help thinking that the recent BP Gulf oil disaster might be a more obvious culprit. Could just be a freak coincidence or Mother Nature's eccentricity, of course.
 

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Pietro_Mercurios said:
However, since the bizarre looking double corpse was found in the Gulf of Mexico, I can't help thinking that the recent BP Gulf oil disaster might be a more obvious culprit. Could just be a freak coincidence or Mother Nature's eccentricity, of course.
No, not the Gulf of Mexico, the WEST coast of Mexico (Baja California).

As the article says, "Every year, thousands of gray whales swim south from the US state of Alaska to warmer waters in Mexico where they mate and give birth."

According to Wiki, "The gestation period for gray whales is approximately 13 1/2 months." Make of that what you may.
 
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It could have seeped through the Panama Canal or one of the myriad undersea tunnels linking the Pacific to the Atlantic. Their location known only to Fish Farmers.
 
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MAINE WOMAN FINDS 2-HEADED BABY SNAPPING TURTLE

USA: A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson said she found the tiny creature this week while she was watching turtle hatchlings to make sure they arrived safely at the other side of the street.

She noticed one of the turtles had been left behind. It wasn’t until she got home and washed off the turtle that she realised it had two heads. The turtle fits easily into the palm of her hand. She named it Frank and Stein.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/quir ... 88863.html
 

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Saw a 5 legged cow near the Bowder Stone in the lakes a few years back,
it had 3 front legs and I had about 3 takes to make sure what I was looking at,
it seemed happy enough.
 
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