A mushroom hunter was out looking for morels when he discovered something way more rare then a delicious mushroom. He found a whitetail deer fawn with two heads on one body. What is more amazing is that the conjoined fawns were perfectly intact.
According to the University of Georgia’s press release, the mushroom hunter discovered the fawn about a mile away from the Mississippi River in Freeburg, Minnesota back in 2016. All of the details are just now coming out because the research scientist just released their findings.
He made a quick call to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and they were able to preserve the amazing find. This is the first time conjoined fawns found full term. The only other examples of conjoined twin fawns have been found still in utero, said Gino D’Angelo, the University of Georgia researcher who studied the deer.
“It’s amazing and extremely rare,” D’Angelo said. “We can’t even estimate the rarity of this. Of the tens of millions of fawns born annually in the U.S., there are probably abnormalities happening in the wild we don’t even know about.”
“Their anatomy indicates the fawns would never have been viable,” D’Angelo said “Yet, they were found groomed and in a natural position, suggesting that the doe tried to care for them after delivery. The maternal instinct is very strong.”
This is an extremely rare find. The researchers found only 19 confirmed instances of conjoined twins in wildlife between 1671 and 2006, only five of which were in the deer family.
The conjoined fawns will be on display at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, while a skeletal display will be housed at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Anatomy Museum.
Really cool find I doubt that will ever be topped. D’Angelo wrote a research paper on the fawns and you can read the entire report HERE.