Two-Headed Turtle Named Thelma and Louise Hatches at San Antonio Zoo

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 11:58 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A two-headed turtle hatched earlier this month at the San Antonio Zoo's Friedrich Aquarium.

Zoo staffers were quick to name the female Texas river cooter Thelma and Louise, after the 1991 Oscar-winning feature film in which two women plan a road trip to escape the abusive men in their lives.

On Wednesday, San Antonio Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike said the reptile appeared to be healthy and is able to swim and walk, The Associated Press reported.

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The young turtle will reportedly be put on display at the aquarium on Thursday.

Native to the creeks, rivers, and lakes of Texas, the freshwater turtle is green in color, with yellow and black markings. Such turtles are excellent swimmer and can grow up to 12-plus inches in in shell length.

Thelma and Louise isn't the first two-headed reptile to be hatched at the San Antonio Zoo.
In 1978, the zoo welcomed a two-headed Texas rat snake which it named Janus. The snake remained at the zoo until its death in 1995.

The announcement comes two weeks after a two-faced kitten was born in Oregon and made national headlines.

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Despite being healthy at birth, the young cat named Deucy died two days later, succumbing to an unspecified health complication.

Called "Janus" cats, after the Roman god who had two faces, young Deucy's condition was produced by an extremely rare congenital disorder known as diprosopus, which results in duplicated faces appearing on the head.

The majority of cats born with the condition generally die shortly after birth.

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