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2-headed turtle born in San Antonio Zoo

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Thelma and Louise - Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo Thelma and Louise - Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo
Thelma and Louise - Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo Thelma and Louise - Photo Courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo

On Tuesday the San Antonio Zoo debuted to the public one of its newest additions, a two-headed turtle named Thelma and Louise.

The turtle is a bicephalic Texas cooter that was hatched on June 18 with three other turtles. Bicephalic animals are twins that did not separate. This results in two or more heads on one animal. This phenomenon occurs most often with snakes and turtles. It is not common but has been known to happen both in the wild and in captive populations.

Officials at the zoo said Thelma and Louise is a female and is healthy.

"At this time, Thelma and Louise are doing well on exhibit and eating with both heads," said Craig Pelke, Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians, and Aquatics.

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