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Baby 2-headed turtle thrives at Massachusetts animal sanctuary

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) – A rare two-headed diamond turtle is alive and kicking – with all six legs – at Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after hatching two weeks ago.

An endangered species in the state, this turtle feeds well on bloodworms and food pellets, according to staff at the center.

The two heads work independently, seeking air at different times, and inside its shell are two gastrointestinal systems to nourish both sides of its body.

The turtle originally came from a nest in West Barnstable which researchers said was in a dangerous location and needed to be moved.

After hatching, the turtles in these so-called “advance” nests are sent to various care centers to be watched before their release in the spring, the Cape Cod Times reported.

Center vet Pria Patel and other staff will continue to monitor the turtle, whom they have dubbed Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen after the twin stars.

Staff hope to perform a CT scan to learn more about his circulatory system.


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