You've probably heard the saying, "Two heads are better than one," but most of us don't have the personal experience of literally having two heads to prove the truth of this idiom. Behold! These animals are experts in living life with an extra set of face parts. Learn about each of these amazing critters and prepare yourself for a few double takes.
FRANK AND LOUIE THE CAT
You are looking at the oldest known Janus cat. Janus cats are felines born with two faces, named after the double-faced Roman god. Sadly, these cats often experience health problems connected to their standout features, but Frank and Louie is an exception. Frank and Louie will turn 14 in August, and is still full of pouncing spirit. The cat is equipped with two mouths, two noses and an extra eye.
The planets must have aligned in a bizarre way in January 2011. Three two-headed calfs were born that month, including Armenian farmer Hakob Avetyan's tan cutie. This calf, along with the obvious difference from a normal cow, also had sex traits of both a male and female. (IO9)
JANUS THE TORTOISE
Janus the tortoise was named after a god, so he is celebrated like a god. He lives in Geneva's Museum of Natural History where he is quite the attraction. Citizens love the animal oddity so much they threw him an extravagant 10th birthday shindig, where children sharing the same birth year were welcomed to come party down with a tortoise that knows how to have double the fun. (Neatorama)
ZAK AND WHEEZIE THE BEARDED DRAGON
Rare pets get all the attention, and this two-headed bearded dragon is no exception. Zak and Wheezie's owners say their peculiar pet gets plenty of visitors, and was even featured in a "Ripley's Believe It or Not" cartoon. Not all the guests that drop by are welcome. Zak and Wheezie have been bullied by several circus owners to join the sideshow world, but have turned down all offers in order to live as close to a normal life as possible. (Boing Boing)
Pigs aren't flying yet, but they are doing other strange things. This two-faced farm animal is one of several piglets to be born over the past few years with a deformity known as polycephaly. Unfortunately, these pigs, like this one born in China, often do not live long. The stress that the deformity puts on the body leads to a series of health issues. (Inquisitr)
DEUCY THE KITTEN
Deucy is the most recent animal to receive attention for having an additional face. The cat made news after she was found outside an Oregon home. While vets thought the cat had a good chance of survival, the kitten died several days after being born due to sudden health complications.
Ghana saw the rare birth of a two-headed lamb this year. As part of some kind of cosmic joke, the animal was reportedly born next to a spare parts shop. Aside from the additional head, everything is normal with the lamb's health and appearance.
Think of the worst fight you had with your sibling and then multiply it by five. This is what life is like for this two-headed, albino California kingsnake every day. Since the animal has two separate brains, each head has different thoughts about how their shared body should work. The heads will try to crawl in different directions, steal food from each other and get into bite fights. Having a typical sibling doesn't seem so bad now. The split snake is currently amazing guests at a Ukrainian Zoo. (Agence France-Presse)
CHAG AND ENG THE CROCODILE
A crocodile in Thailand made the papers when the creature was born as conjoined twins with two heads sharing one body. The duo was named Chang and Eng after the famous human Siamese twins, who were also from Thailand. The crocs share a lower half, but each have their own set of four legs. Chang and Eng were born at a crocodile farm that houses over 60,000 crocodiles. Even with all those neighbors, this animal stood out. (BBC)
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We are one step closer to the three-eyed fish that
"The Simpsons" made famous. Meet the two-headed trout that shocked an Idaho community. The baby was pulled from a polluted stream where many wild fish live. The discovery launched a large national debate about whether stricter regulations on water pollution should be put into place. Those fighting for restrictions say the deformities found in this fish could translate to fingernail and hair loss for humans. (Discovery News)