Conjoined twin turtles named “Cotton” and “Kale”, taken under protection of a university laboratory after being found in Turkey world famous travertines of Pamukkale, are dead of multiple organ failure.
Faculty of Pamukkale University of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology Lecturer Prof. Eyüp Başkale, Serdar Düşen and the doctoral student student Ayfer Şirin tried to keep the turtles alive, Başkale told Anadolu Agency (AA).
stating that they took great care of the conjoined turtles as they got ready for hibernation, Başkale said: “The turtles started gaining weight and there was a noticeable acceleration in their movements. However, their organs could not complete their development because their bodies were tied.”
Explain that the impact of Siamese twins in turtles was found to be one in 100,000, Başkale said scientific studies on this rare case continue.
Siamese twin turtles were found by a tourist near the travertines of Pamukkale on November 10. It was determined that they were of the species Testudo greaca, also known as the “Mediterranean spurred tortoise”.