Thursday, March 10, 2011

Unique tortoise has two heads and five legs

A tortoise has been born in Zilina, Slovakia with two heads and five legs. According to zoologists, the unique case is comparable to what happens when Siamese twins are born.

The animal, which has been named Magdalena, also has two brains that work independently from each other.

But having two heads and five legs can be a burden, according to her owner Roman Gresak. He said: "The second head sometimes doesn't allow the tortoise to know where to go".

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Magdalena would not be able to survive in the wild because other tortoises would exclude her from their collective.


Insolitus said...

I find it odd that they call these two tortoises a tortoise called Magdalena. I mean, two heads means two individuals, even if they share a body. Human beings in the same situation are called twins and have their own names, anything else would be silly and insulting. Tortoises can't be insulted but this is silly.

cath said...


Ratz said...

Maybe they should have called it gemini.

sooz said...

...Or "Toofer"