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Thursday, 03 November 2011 16:29

Risab Dev Ghimire: Amazing Boy in Nepal

Januk Ghimire's son Risab Dev Ghimire, who is seven months old, has a headless "parasitic twin" attached to his abdomen and was born with extra limbs in Ramechhap, Nepal. Now thousands of people are making the pilgrimage to his small village, where some are honoring him as a god.

Some believe that Risab is the reincarnation of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant God. Ganesh is often portrayed as having several arms. Risab Dev Ghimire was born with four arms and four legs. The impoverished are worried that some see the baby not as a blessing but a curse — the reason why monsoon rains are late.

Risab's mother says that her pregnancy was a hard one, and she was in a great deal of pain before his birth. She told reporters that if it hadn't been for her husband's presence, neighbors might have killed her for being a witch after giving birth to the child. She hopes that someday Risab can have a normal life, but his father says it's unlikely they'll ever have enough money to get him the operation he will need to remove the extra limbs. Cases like Risab's are extremely rare, and occur when twins fail to separate completely from one another.

Published in Weird & Interesting
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:59

Two Headed Milk Snake

A University of Central Florida biologist says a rare, two-headed albino milk snake was recently born. Most two-headed snakes have typical coloration. Albino snakes don’t have dark pigmentation in their skin. Albino milk snakes appear in bright shades of red, orange and white.

The biologist says two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity. But with two brains giving commands to a single body, Parker says the snake would have a difficult time surviving in the wild.

Source: Repley's Believe it or not

Published in Weird & Interesting
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