Freaky mutant turtle with TWO HEADS shock residents in China
- Red-eared turtle was born three months ago and now lives in captivity in Jiangxi
- Mutation was probably caused by a genetic abnormality or environmental factors
- Experts say it can not be released in the wild because it can pass on the rogue gene
Kelsey Cheng for mailonline
A strange turtle with two heads has shocked inhabitants in Southeast China.
The mutant turtle, which is said to be a red-eared turtle, was born three months ago with the deformity and currently lives in captivity in the Shangrao city in Jiangxi province.
Experts say that the turtle can not be released in the wild, because it is unlikely that it will survive on its own and pass on the rogue gene.
The mutant turtle, reportedly a red-eared turtle, was born three months ago with the deformity and is currently living in captivity in Shangrao City in Jiangxi Province
Images filmed on Saturday show that the baby redhead turtle normally walks around in a plastic tank in a shelter for animals in the wild, with each fin moving and all eyes blinking.
The species is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico and is generally kept as a pet in different parts of the world.
Jiang Jianping, a researcher at the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Beijing News that the mutation was probably caused by a genetic disorder or other environmental factors.
Double vision: the slider of the reddish donkey normally moves around in a plastic box in the middle
The mutant turtle is not expected to live as long as regular turtles, experts say
Two-headed turtles have been born before but are considered rare and some of them are kept in museums.
& # 39; It probably will not live as long as ordinary tortoises, & # 39; Jiang said. Normal red-eared turtles can live in the wild for up to 30 years.
The chance that a single chick survives is extremely low, with somewhere between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 young turtles that are adults, according to Sea Turtle Conservancy statistics in the United States.