Watch: MRI scan confirms legitimacy of world's first two-headed fawn

An MRI scan of the mounted body of a two-headed fawn has confirmed its legitimacy and that it was actually a set of conjoined twins, believed to be a world first.

The twins were discovered by a mushroom hunter in the woods of Minnesota in 2016, according to Nine News.

While other examples of conjoined fawn twins have been seen in the womb this is believed to have been the first set brought to full term.

MRI scans by the University of Georgia found that the fawns shared a liver and other organs, confirming them to be conjoined twins.

Gino D’Angelo, Assistant professor of deer ecology and management at the University of Georgia explained how tests carried out on the lungs confirmed the twins never breathed air.

"Their anatomy indicates the fawns would never have been viable," Professor D'Angelo said.

"Yet, they were found groomed and in a natural position, suggesting that the doe tried to care for them after delivery.

"The maternal instinct is very strong."


'A lot of it is going to be surprising' says Kiwi actress playing Diana in biopic about Harry and Meghan

As the world braces for a blockbuster wedding, British and American audiences have just seen the warm-up act, a love story biopic about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, featuring a Kiwi actress.

Playing Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, is a Kiwi and former Shortland Street actor, Bonnie Soper.

Casting directors were impressed by Ms Soper's uncanny resemblance to Diana.

"They definitely were just like, 'oh wow you're so much like her.' And I made a point of being in character as I walked in the room," Ms Soper said. 

One review says the TV movie isn't as deliciously awful as one may have hoped. Critics say it's still a little cheesy, but entertaining. They do say the main actors bring real conviction to their roles.

"She is a dynamic human being so it makes for a really interesting story," said Parisa Fitz-Henley, who plays Meghan Markle.

While it may be based on actual events, much of the pair's interactions are imagined.

Ms Soper said: "I think a lot of it is going to be surprising, there are things that I read when I was reading the script that I just didn't know and I was so caught up in the romance of it." 

The much-hyped love scenes that caused concern in the palace may be more dreamy than steamy.

As for whether the lead actors will turn viewers for the main event, Murray Fraser who plays Harry said: "Coverage, I think it's like five or six hours or something like that. I'll probably watch the highlight reel. I'll watch the best bits. I'll watch the I do's."

And while the movie is unlikely to be remembered as a classic, if it's a soppy fairytale you're after prepare to be royally entertained.

Former Shortland Street actor Bonnie Soper plays the Prince's later mother Diana. Source: 1 NEWS


Palestinians bury dead after bloodiest Gaza day since 2014

Thousands have joined funeral processions for some of the dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in a mass march on the Gaza border, as Israelis faced growing diplomatic fallout from the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters.

Monday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war there, and was part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza's Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade.

Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700, Gaza Health Ministry said.

The ministry said that in addition, a 9-month-old girl died from tear gas exposure, but medical officials later cast doubt on that claim, saying the infant had a pre-existing medical condition. It remained unclear Tuesday where and how the child died.

In jarring contrast to the Gaza bloodshed, the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem at the same time Monday, just several dozen miles away.

The juxtaposition of violence on the Gaza border and festivities attended by a high-powered Trump administration delegation — captured on split screens in TV broadcasts around the world — briefly drew attention to the plight of Gaza and its 2 million people.

The opening of the embassy, condemned by Palestinians as blatantly pro-Israel, further dimmed prospects of what President Donald Trump had once touted as plans to negotiate the Mideast "deal of the century."

The high casualty toll also revived international criticism of Israel's use of lethal force against unarmed protesters.

Rights groups have said Israel's open-fire orders are unlawful under international humanitarian law.

Israel's military says it is defending its border and has accused the Islamic militant Hamas of using protests as a cover for attacks on the border.

The military has said rubber-coated steel pellets, at times used for non-lethal crowd control, are not effective in preventing Gaza demonstrators from approaching or breaching the border fence.

Almost 2500 more were injured according to Palestinian officials. Source: Breakfast