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Zoo celebrates arrival of extremely rare Asian elephant twins

Male elephant twins were born on October 24 to Asian elephants Mali and Doc, according to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

When an animal gives birth, it is always a joyous occasion, particularly if the birth is of twins, which simultaneously introduces two animals into the world.

Nevertheless, twin pregnancies are relatively uncommon for many animals, making their occurrence all the more amazing.

Due to how unusual it is for the species to experience “miracle twin” Asian elephant births, one zoo is celebrating their birth.

It’s amazing since just 1% of elephant births worldwide result in twins, and when they do, the babies are frequently stillborn and occasionally the mother doesn’t even make it.

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case in this instance; mom Mali and the twins are both doing fine, and there have been “no difficulties,” according to the zoo.

The firstborn arrived “absolutely healthy” and weighed 220 pounds, according to a press announcement. The second baby was “noticeably weaker” when it was delivered ten hours later, but owing to the on-site veterinarians, his condition has greatly improved. He has a 237-pound weight.

Due to the rarity, the second twin’s entrance allegedly left the staff “astonished,” but they were ready for anything and did their best to keep the newborns healthy.

“I can’t commend my team enough for all they have done these past few weeks to ensure the care and safety of Mali and her twins,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox. “It has been incredible to watch them in action and witness the high level of expertise, professionalism and focus under pressure.”

More over 20,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild, making it an endangered species that is in risk from illicit poaching and habitat destruction.

The birth of not just one, but two elephants will greatly increase the likelihood of their survival in the future.

“This is truly an historic moment for the zoo and our community. I couldn’t be prouder of our exceptional animal care team, the support of the veterinary staff and their tremendous dedication to Mali and the twins,” said County Executive Ryan J. McMahon.

“The important research happening right here at the zoo will have a significant impact worldwide on behalf of this magnificent endangered species.”


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