A man in Yulin, southern China, found a two-headed cobra had been born over night at his snake farm.
Not knowing what to do with the weird reptile, the man, identified only as Mr. Huang, captured it and brought it to a local zoo, where wildlife experts are now studying it.
The two heads don't exactly get along
Reports say the cobra's heads can both move independently. They each have their own brain and adjacent spinal cord, which means they are in full control of their movements.
The trouble is that, by the looks of it, the two heads don't quite get along. Instead, they often try to shift the body to move in different directions. They haven't attacked each other just yet, but some say it could happen.
Since found by Mr. Huang and brought to Nunning Zoo, the two-cobra has shed its skin once, which indicates that it is growing, DM informs.
If it makes it to adulthood, the peculiar specimen could grow to measure between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (about 4 to 5 feet) in length, wildlife researchers say.
Then again, it's unlikely this will happen
It might be that it is growing, but staff at Nanning Zoo doubt the two-headed snake will survive long enough to reach maturity.
For starters, it's safe to assume it is only a matter of time before its two heads turn one against the other. Besides, the reptile is refusing to eat or drink, so it is unlikely it will enjoy a long life.
?The snake has been alive for 10 days now and has been with us for two, during which time it has already changed its skin once,? a zookeeper named Li Keqi said in an interview.
?But even though the snake is stable condition now, there is no way of telling whether it will be able to live on, as it still does not eat or drink water,? he added.