Two-Headed Turtle Hatches At San Antonio Zoo

A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo, and officials have decided to name her Thelma and Louise, after Ridley Scott’s 1991 film of the same name.

The female creature was born on June 18, and after several days of recuperation will finally go on display at the zoo’s Friedrich Aquarium on Thursday.

Debbie Rios-Vansikike, the Zoo’s spokeswoman, stated on Wednesday that the creature is healthy, and both walk and swim. Experts at the facility have also stated that they don’t envision any health issues for Thelma and Louise.

This isn’t the first time that the San Antonio Zoo has been the home to two-headed reptiles. In 1978 a a two-headed rat snake named Janus was born, and survived for many years up until’s its death in 1995.

Other bizarre animals to be born recently have included a six-legged calf named Lilli, who was born in March 2012 in Weissenburg, Switzerland. Meanwhile, in March 2012, another two-headed turtle, named Testudo horsfieldi, was born at the National Museum of natural history in Kiev, Ukraine, which also possessed six legs.

Sometimes though these creatures succumb to death soon after being born, as was the case with a two-faced kitten that was born in Florida. Harvey Dent, who named after the Batman villain Two-Face, died due to complications after just two days.

Earlier this month, Sharon Reagle, came across the remains of a foot long, brown and white polycephalic piglet, complete with two snouts.


It is unknown how long the animal had been buried in the yard, and Reagle then decided to donate the specimen to the Allegheny College, where they have since conducted several tests on the specimen.

After receiving the animal, Lisa Whitenack, an assistant professor of biology at the college, stated, “This is like Christmas for a biologist. The students will love it.”

What do you think of Thelma and Louise?

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