Neighbour and animal breeder Loya Oliveira, whose family had helped to deliver the sow that gave birth to the piglets, told local media that the conjoined twins were among a litter of nine
Conjoined twin piglets have been born with two heads and six legs – but sadly only survived for a couple of days.
The animals were born on a farm in the municipality of Jatoba do Piaui in the Brazilian state of Piaui about two weeks ago.
However, the younglings only survived for two days.
Neighbour and animal breeder Loya Oliveira, whose family had helped to deliver the sow that gave birth to the piglets, told local media that the conjoined twins were among a litter of nine.
One piglet died during childbirth and the other six, like their mother, are doing well.
Veterinarian Joao Mendes said: “It is not a case of congenital malformation, they are conjoined twins.
“Malformation anomalies, such as a crooked snout, are quite common with pigs, but cases of conjoined twins are not, they are much rarer.”
According to the veterinarian, genetic malformation and cases of conjoined twins occur in all animal species, but are more likely to happen among pigs than other domestic animals.
In some cases it is possible for the animal to survive.
Mendes added: “What increases the probability is when the male is a close relative of the sow.
“This often happens on breeding farms, when the breeder selects a male as the sire and inseminates the female, regardless of their blood relationship.
“When the animal is joined at the abdomen, they share the functions of the internal organs.”
It comes as a woman told of her terror when she was attacked by a group of wild pigs who chomped on her hand and tried to eat her legs.
Kay Robins was house sitting for a friend in Alligator Creek near Townsville, Australia, when she spotted a herd of pigs in the garden over the Easter period.
Realising that she has forgotten to close the gate, she started to panic on how to avoid the feral animals.
One of the creatures still refused to leave the garden as she tried to shoo them away, jabbing one in the eye with a piece of bamboo.
Kay told 7NEWS : “Most of them ran out but the boar kind of got confused and was going backwards and forwards.
“He just turned and charged me. I thought, ‘what are you doing? Out’s that way’.”
The house sitter told how she tried to stop the pig from attacking her after they came bounding towards her.
“I put my hands down to try and stop him from eating my legs and he just started to grab my hands,” she added.
“I had the piece of bamboo in my right hand, I was poking him in the eye when he was chewing on this hand, and he wasn’t even batting an eyelid.”
Her efforts proved to be in vain as the pig refused to let go and “just kept chomping” on her hand.