A two-headed Siamese tortoise was born in the Dutch city of Putten and has marked a milestone for being the first of these characteristics to see the light in the Netherlands and enjoy good health and life expectancy, local media reported Thursday.
The tortoise, named Sorte (“Lucky” in Portuguese), hatched with two heads, four front legs, two hind legs and two tails, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported.
Although this type of specimen does not usually live long, Sorte has a series of characteristics that make its survival possible and increase its life expectancy.
After performing a computerized tomography, the Dutch clinic AniCura assured that the animal, thanks to its unique heart and gastrointestinal tract, will be able to survive longer than expected.
“If the animal had been made up of two vital systems, the risk of illness and death would have been doubled,” explained AniCura veterinarian Anton Fennema, in statements to the ANP agency.
Although the exploration carried out through a series of scanners showed that the reptile has two cervical spines and two windpipes, it is still unknown if Sorte is male or female.
“In the wild, the tortoise would not survive, but with a breeder to take care of it, this problem does not exist,” another veterinarian at the clinic, Sandra Vink, told the Dutch news agency.
According to veterinarians, in the best of cases, this unique animal could weigh around 100 kilos and live up to a total of 150 years.
“It is special to have a specimen with these characteristics and, therefore, the most important thing is that Sorte is and continues to be healthy,” the owner of the famous tortoise, Ruben van Schoor, told the media.
As far as the event is concerned, it is a unique phenomenon, since, according to AniCura, this is the first time that a turtle with such attributes has been born in the Netherlands.