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A rare first, recorded birth of elephant twins

The baby twins with their mother.
The baby twins with their mother.

The birth of baby elephant twins, an extreme rarity, was reported from the Minneriya National Park recently, the Wildlife and Conservation Department said yesterday (7).

The DWC said an elephant frequenting the Minneriya National Park had given birth to the twin baby elephants.

The observation of the twin baby elephants was done by renowned researcher and former Wildlife Conservation Department Director General Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya. According to the observations, the baby elephants are aged between three or four weeks.

The DWC said they will carry out a DNA test to confirm that the two baby elephants are twins. DWC also observed that in the recorded history of elephants in Sri Lanka, these twins are the first to be observed. Previously a similar identification has been done in Eth Athuru Sevana, however, the pair was found not to be twins.

DWC requested from the visitors not to pay unnecessary attention to the twin baby elephants as it would affect their natural behaviour. Speaking to the media about the twin baby elephants, Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya said,“We were observing a group of elephants in the last few days. And yesterday we were able to confirm through observations that there is a set of twins born to one adult female.This is the first time this has been recorded in Sri Lanka.”

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