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Mary-Kate and Ashley, a two-headed baby turtle, lives at an animal refuge

Mary-Kate and Ashley, a two-headed baby turtle, lives at an animal refuge

After hatching two weeks ago, a rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts is alive and well, with all six of its legs intact.

Staff at the center say that this turtle, a state endangered species, is thriving on bloodworms and food pellets. The two heads work independently, coming up for air at different times, and inside its shell are two gastrointestinal systems that feed both sides of its body.

The turtle was discovered from a nest in West Barnstable that researchers determined was in 'a dangerous location' and needed to be moved. The Cape Cod Times reported that turtles in these so-called head start nests are sent to various care centers to be monitored before their release in the spring.

The turtle was named after infamous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley after their flings at New England Wildlife Center two weeks ago, according to The Boston Globe.

In the coming weeks, Center veterinarian Pria Patel and other staff will continue to monitor the turtle. Theyre hoping to perform a CT scan to learn more about the animals circulatory system.

-- The Associated Press --The AP

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