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12/12/2011 10:23 GMT | Updated 14/12/2011 07:33 GMT

Two-Snouted Pig With Shared Cyclops Eye Born In China (Picture)

The scene: Changtai County, Fuijan Province, China. The witness: pig-farmer Xiao Jintu. The situation: a piglet with two snouts and three eyes - one of which is shared between the two "faces".

This, ladies and gentlemen, isn't your average piglet. You don't need to be a veterinarian to work that one out, that's for sure.

The fifth of his litter, the as-yet unnamed little critter won't be becoming sliced ham any time soon, with Jintu deciding that as a one-of-a-kind, he's just too special to end up on a plate.

"I've been raising pigs for 15 years and I've never seen anything like this before," said Jintu. "We knew something was different because her head was so large we had to help when her mother gave birth."

This isn't the first time the world's seen a double-headed pig, however, with the genetic mutation cropping up here and there quite a few times over the years. Here's just one example and here are a couple more from other species, with a two-headed turtle and a two-headed snake also appearing in the news of late.

If you're interested in finding out more about "polycephaly" - as the scientists call it - here's a website dedicated to just that. Be warned, though... it's pretty damn weird.