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Two heads are not always better than one.

Two-headed creatures are rare and somewhat uncomfortable to behold, but they are not unheard of in the natural scheme of things…


We have seen the condition known as polycephaly in many incarnations, including in human beings. Some animals that are sometimes afflicted include cows, snakes, lizards, turtles, dogs, cats and chickens.

This past week, a two-headed pig with one eye, was born on Xiao Jintu’s pig farm, which is situated in a remote area, Changtai County, in Fujian Province.

“I’ve been raising pigs for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before … We knew something was different because her head was so large…we had to help when her mother give birth.”

The piglet was of a litter of five and as of yet he has been not given a name. His rarity has saved him from becoming someone’s ham dinner, a dubious honor in the case of this unfortunate animal.

This piglet is not the first two-headed pig ever born, but it is the latest. The mutation rears its ugly head (or in this case, heads) every so often, as illustrated by the included images.

In explanation of this heart-breaking condition, there is none, for as one very eloquent Elizabethan bard put it hundreds of years ago:

My dear Horatio, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.