PROCURA-SE UM NOME PARA TARTARUGA DE DUAS CABEÇAS – WANTED A NAME FOR TWO HEADS TURTLE
Tartaruga nasce com duas cabeças e vira xodó em zoológico nos EUA
Parque está fazendo campanha na web para dar nome ao filhote inusitado
Ainda não tem nome a tartaruga inusitada que nasceu no Ripley’s Saint Augustine Museum, localizado na Flórida, nos Estados Unidos. O animal, que tem duas cabeças, logo virou o xodó do parque.
Então, funcionários tiveram a ideia de criar uma votação na página do zoo no Facebook para escolher o nome do animal. Internautas de qualquer localidade podem contribuir com sugestões.
Entre os nomes curiosos já sugeridos por usuários da rede social estão: Duo, Double Trouble (Dupla Encrenca, em inglês), This One and That One (Este e Aquele), Yin-Yang, TWIX, Ping-Pong e Juxtaposition.
Sem nome definido, a tartaruga ainda não foi apresentada ao público.
Two-headed turtle signs on at Ripley’s
Two heads are better than one — especially for the tiny two-headed turtle that will become the first live exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in St. Augustine.
The rare red-bellied river cooter was hatched with two heads on July 10 in Port Richey.
“He is helping us with our anti-bullying campaign. He will come with us to outreach programs in local schools,” said Kimberly Kiff, general manager of Ripley’s St. Augustine attractions.
“The students will see how cute he is and realize that being different is good. We (at Ripley’s) want to tell the students to ‘embrace your inner odds.’”
Although Kiff calls the quarter-sized terrapin a “he,” the sex actually hasn’t been determined.
“We don’t know. We don’t care,” she said.
The museum bought the animal from a pet turtle breeder in Port Richie called The Turtle Store (turtleshack.com).
The Ripley’s turtle is the first ever two-headed red-bellied river cooter born at the facility, which has been in business for 20 years.
According to owner Liz Clark, there are around three two-headed turtles born on site each year, but they have been yellow-bellied river cooters, red-eared sliders, or common snapping turtles — never the red-bellied, until now.
“Some are Siamese (twins) and they usually don’t survive long because it is too much strain on the hatching,” Clark said.
“The ones born with two separate heads and necks normally stand a much better chance (of surviving).”
Clark said she has a customer who has been caring for a two-headed red-eared slider for about 15 years. She said some pet turtles live from 40 to 60 years.
“She sends pictures a couple times each year. We are aware they can live a long time. They generally need additional care, especially as a hatchling,” Clark said.
Because of two separate brains, the animal often tries to walk in two directions, and can easily get turned over — upside down in its shell. Because of this, there has to be less than an inch of water and other modifications in the habitat.
The 2-month-old turtle will be on view in the lobby of the museum. A naming contest is being held online at www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys. Suggestions include Twofer, Frick and Frack, Double Dutch, Pete and Repete, Peeka and Boo, torTwoga and other fun monikers.
Kiff has been taking care of the newborn in her office. Meals consist of bloodworms, mealworms, tuna fish and other proteins. She wanted the turtle to adjust well and be eating properly before unveiling it to the public.
“We had a rooster that lived at Ripley’s for about five years … he died last Thanksgiving. So, we wanted something else to take the place of Ripley the Rooster,” Kiff said.
“We wanted a new mascot. So, I was fiddling around online and came across the (two-headed) turtle and thought ‘this would be perfect.’”