A zoo in Nanning, Guangxi has adopted a baby two-headed Chinese cobra that was recently discovered by a breeder on his snake farm. It’s actually kind of cute! For now.
The mutant snake has two brains but only one digestive system, and while the creature has already survived for over 10 days, it refuses to eat or drink, according to People’s Daily.
The snake, 20 centimeters long, weighs only 50 grams—about 15 grams lighter than a typical cobra at that stage of development. Nanning Zoo officials are now calling on specialists from around the world to offer any advice about caring for the little guy.
Zookeeper Li Keqi said he’s never come across a two-headed snake since he began caring for them in 2007, and believes that temperature and humidity changes during incubation may have resulted in the rare mutation.
“The snake has been alive for 10 days now and has been with us for two, during which time it has already changed its skin once,” Li said.
Both of the snake’s heads can move independently, and they sometimes even attempt to attack each other. Li says this is because a cobra typically moves in an “S” shape, so the two heads are bound to get in each other’s way.
While a Chinese cobra is able to grow to a length of about 1.2 meters, employees at the zoo aren’t sure if this one will live unless it starts eating and drinking on its own. Currently, zookeepers are using artificial feeding to keep the animal alive, although they say this method is not sustainable.