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Last Updated: Thursday September 29 2005 16:03 GMT

Two-headed turtle found in Cuba

The two-headed turtle

A policeman has made an unusual discovery near a river in Cuba - a turtle with two heads.

The tiny turtle is thought to be around a week old and was found near one of the country's most contaminated rivers.

Had it not been noticed in a pile of leaves by Officer Alexander Napoles the turtle may have died, but now it has been taken to a local aquarium.

At the moment it is healthy and being looked after, and experts are keeping a close eye on its progress.

Alexis Fernandez, a biologist from the National Aquarium of Cuba, said: "It is an animal that is at a disadvantage or that has certain anomalies.

"The probability of its survival will be very limited in the natural world or in captivity."