Portland, OR – Researchers at Oregon Health Science University remain mystified over a pair of conjoined twins born at the hospital nearly one year ago. The twins, who were not identified for reasons of patient confidentiality, are a small boy and a dolphin who are attached at the head.
Doctors have been studying the pair for months, and the debate remains whether or not the two can be separated without jeopardizing the health of one or the other.
“We’ve been fishing for an explanation,” said Daryle Rico, head of OHSU Genetics Department, “but for now we have no idea how a boy and a dolphin could come from the same pair of parents.” Doctors speculate, however, that the odd pairing may be the result of a sexual rendezvous between a male dolphin and the boy’s mother in Hawaii.
Amazingly, the dolphin seems to be developing normally, despite the fact that it spends the majority of its time out of water. “We speculate that the dolphin has developed lungs and is breathing like a land mammal,” said Rico.
For now, doctors are in no rush to separate the twins. “They have developed a healthy symbiotic relationship,” said Rico, “and are even taking their meals together. Not only that, but the boy has taken a real liking to raw tuna.”