31 May '12, 10am

Woman finds baby bird with two heads and three beaks in her backyard

NORTHAMPTON - A Northampton woman made an unusual discovery in her yard - a deformed baby cardinal with two heads and three beaks. Ms April Britt said she found the bird near the base of a tree on Monday and returned it to its nest. The 67-year-old woman tells the Daily Hampshire Gazette the bird apparently could not eat without assistance from the adult birds. The middle beak did not work well and the other two did not appear to be connected to the bird's throat. A scientist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society says animals with such abnormalities rarely survive birth, making the find all the more unusual. He said the deformities could have been caused by genetic or environmental factors. The baby and adults were gone by Tuesday. AP

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