Ruben van Schur, a turtle breeder from Putten, the Netherlands, was surprised when he saw his new tortoise hatched from an egg.
The baby African spur-bearing tortoise has puzzled not only the owner, but also many experts, because it has two heads and four front legs.
The turtle, nicknamed Sorte, is very active and has a good appetite, and as for Ruben, he makes every effort to take care of a wonderful pet.
Veterinarian and reptile specialist Sandra Wink believes Sorte has a good chance of living a long and happy life. The turtle has one heart and one gastrointestinal tract. That is, it is one creature with two heads, and not two twins with two sets of internal organs, which have much more opportunities to get sick and die too soon. So Sorte can become not only the world’s first two-headed spur-bearing turtle, but also a two-headed centenarian. Although if the turtle were born in the wild, it would have much less chance of survival – the two heads often do not agree where exactly to move. This would leave Sorte vulnerable.
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