A video of a female elephant feeding with his two calves has gone viral on social media. It is an extremely rare occurrence for an elephant to give birth to twins and the internet is enjoying it.
The video shows the two baby elephants playing with their mother and learning to walk.
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It was tweeted with the caption: “An elephant in Bandipur National Park, India has given birth to twin calves. An event that is said to be extremely rare.”
The female elephant gave birth to the calves at the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka earlier this week, according to local forest department officials.
The officials further said that some tourists encountered a herd of elephants, including a pregnant woman who was in labor as she struggled to give birth. The elephant, unable to stand, stepped into a nearby body of water. Soon the mother elephant was found coming out of the pond with two calves.
The moment was captured by tourists and locals on their mobile phones.
According to the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, elephants have a one in a million chance of conceiving twins, with most twin births occurring in wild African elephants. During their lifetime, they can have four to five offspring. They can be identical, non-identical, of different sexes, or of the same sex.
In September last year, Sri Lanka’s main elephant orphanage registered a rare twin birth when a 25-year-old named Surangi gave birth to healthy male calves.
They were the first elephant twins born in captivity in Sri Lanka since 1941, elephant expert Jayantha Jayewardene told AFP news agency.
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