Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Alligator eggs in an unattributed image on IB Art Studio.

In the weird news were some photos I found intriguing of 2 crocodiles hatching from a single egg in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. Keeper Xiao Zeng said, "I have witnessed the birth of thousands of baby crocodiles, but it's the first time for me to see two crocodiles in one egg." The article did not use the expression "Siamese twins," which is appropriate on 3 counts: 1) it is considered politically incorrect, 2) a critically endangered species known as the Siamese crocodile (more here) already exists, and 3) the crocodiles in question are not in fact conjoined. The BBC did report on a pair that were conjoined in 2001 and Australia's ABC News published an article about 2 hatching from a single conjoined egg in 2011. I could find no accounts of twin alligators - conjoined or otherwise - but did find the interesting (unrelated) image above. Confused?
By the half-dozen:

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