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This week: Strange Facts/Scientific Wonders
Are you in the mood to feel sad for a puppy? Yes? Then have we got a story for you! And a video for that matter – so get your tissues ready and be prepared to revile the USSR's former communist regime and its clear intent to further the study of pet-enhancement. Specifically we're talking about the research of Vladimir Demikhov, a scientist responsible in part for modern-day heart and lung transplants.
His 'pet' project though, that's the one that's still got his name floating around so long after he conducted it. Sewing two dogs together will do that now though, won't it? We've got video.
A couple weeks back we showed you video of the Russian experiments of Dr.Sergei S. Bryukhonenko, a scientist who kept an amputated dog's head alive to tickle it with a feather-duster and sprinkle its nose with something that made it lick like mad. The experiments we're telling you about today take that one a step further.
Today's scientist – Vladimir Demikhov – took that living head and wired it to the neck of another full dog. The dog head used by Demikhov still had the two front legs attached, and it appeared so straddle its other half's neck. It's quite a sight.
Demikhov invited some journalists to his laboratory for the purpose of documenting his awesomeness – this is where the video comes from. Daily Mail explained the madness in an article:
"Blinking unhappily in the daylight as Demikhov paraded it on its lead, this unfortunate beast had been created by grafting the head and upper body of a small puppy on to the head and body of a fully-grown mastiff, to form one grotesque creature with two heads. The visitors watched in horror and fascination as both of the beast's mouths lapped greedily at a bowl of milk proffered by Demikhov's assistants."
The accompanying video is entirely in Russian (we assume), but the narration appears to play a minimal role. The footage itself shows everything you need, including the constructed beast drinking milk from both heads, and even the two dogs playing with each other before the op.