NORTHAMPTON (CBS) – A woman in Northampton made an unusual discovery in her backyard that is sure to have bird lovers around the country very curious.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports.
April Britt said adult cardinals had been flying around her property for a few days, so she went outside to investigate on Monday.
“There was this little deformed bird sitting on the lower branch,” said Britt.
She spotted a baby cardinal with two heads and three beaks.
“This bird had like a double head that wasn’t quite separated, but you could see there was gonna be two heads and three beaks,” said Britt.
Britt said she’s seen some pretty unusual things in the wild, but nothing like a two-headed bird.
“I thought it was pretty rare. I’ve definitely never seen anything like it. I’ve seen a two-headed snake and I’ve seen a frog in a pond with three legs, but I’ve never seen a deformed bird like this before,” said Britt.
Britt said an adult cardinal continues to feed the baby chick.
However, as the bird gets older, is it not expected to survive. The Massachusetts Audubon Society says animals with abnormalities like that usually don’t live very long in the wild.