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Visitors to Kiev museum love the two-headed tortoise

Kiev : Ukraine | Feb 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM PST
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Curious visitors have queued up in the Kiev museum of Natural History in Ukraine to get a glimpse of a two-headed Central Asian tortoise which had been owned by a private individual ever since its birth.

A zoologist has, however, explained that it is not a two-headed tortoise as such but rather, a case of conjoined twins.

It is a 5-year old female and has two heads, two hearts, four front legs but only two hind legs. The shape of is outer shell is that of a heart and its width is 4.7 inches.

While the left mouth loves green food, the one on the right prefers bright colored food like carrots and dandelion flowers.

Previously, another similar case of a two-headed tortoise had been reported from Geneva. It was a Greek tortoise in the Geneva Museum of Natural History and was shown to the public on 5th September 2007 on the occasion of its 10th birthday.

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