Saturday, November 13, 2004

Two Heads are Better than One

BBC - A two-headed tortoise has come out of its shell in Dorset to find itself in the media spotlight. The unusual case of a Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise, born two months ago in an incubator, made the headlines in various papers on Friday.

Owner John Jones, from Dorchester, who has 37 tortoises and has kept them for 55 years, said: "I was really surprised - I had never seen anything like it. It is perfectly healthy and is running around with all the other tortoises. I think each head has its own little brain because they do try to move in different directions." . . .

Mr Jones, 66, from Dorchester, said he had named the tortoise Solomon and Sheba as he was not sure what sex it was.

"It likes lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cress and runner beans - but its favourite food is thistle milk," he said. "Both heads eat and sometimes they start on the same piece of food and meet in the middle."

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