'One in a Million' Conjoined Birds Found in Arkansas

Pair dies after landowner rescues them fallen from tree
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 8:39 PM CDT
This 2005 handout photo provided by Marie Reed shows natural-colored New Jersey barn swallows.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A pair of barn swallows born joined at the hip are being sent to the Smithsonian Institute for study, the AP reports. An Arkansas landowner found them fallen out of a tree this week and kept them for a day, but they refused to eat and died. Conjoined birds are extremely rare: “I can't even say it's one in a million,” one expert said. “It's probably more than that.”