A wild elephant in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park recently gave birth to twins, an infrequent occurrence. The park, home to almost 1,600 elephants, last witnessed such an event in 1980.
The male and female twins were born in late May to Paru, a 38-year-old elephant. Paru belongs to a close-knit 40-member family, all contributing to the care of the newborns, including their big sister.ư
The odds of an elephant mother giving birth to twins are estimated to be less than 1 percent. Even when twins are born, one of the calves often doesn’t survive long after birth. However, these two-month-old calves thrive, staying close to their mother and family.
Amboseli National Park, located within a local community, is protected by dedicated rangers who work tirelessly to safeguard the animals from poachers.
The twin elephants and their family enjoy their natural habitat, with rangers nearby for support when needed.
Kenneth Ole Nashu, a senior park warden, expressed his delight at the twins’ progress and well-being: “This is a unique scenario in terms of conservation, particularly in the elephant population. We are proud and monitoring [to ensure] that the babies are healthy.”
The birth of these elephant twins in Amboseli National Park has been a heartwarming surprise for rangers and wildlife enthusiasts.
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