Minnesota Man Stumbles Upon Incredibly Rare Conjoined Fawns, And Scientists Are Floored

A man living in Minnesota was out looking for mushroom when he came across something he never expected to see: conjoined fawns. The fawns were found near the Mississippi River in Freeburg, Minnesota. They fawns had been cleaned by their mother but tests showed that the fawns were still born and their lungs never breathed air. 

That kind of makes us feel better that they didn’t suffer. It also has  scientists marveling at what a rarity it is. 

According to Gino D’Angelo, a researcher from the University of Georgia, the fawns could be the first time ever a pair of conjoined twins were delivered at full term. He said:

It’s amazing and extremely rare. 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. 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.

The twins will remain in that natural position after being taxidermied and displayed in natural setting at the  University of Minnesota Veterinary Anatomy Museum in Minneapolis . 

H/T: Huffington Post