Wednesday, March 24, 2010

World's First Set of Male Elephant Twins Doing Well

Onlookers at a Thailand zoo cheered as what is believed to be the world's first set of male twin elephants were born two hours apart about two weeks ago. At least one onlooker had traveled from another town to see the birth. Thong-Kum and Thong-Tang are both doing fine.

Elephant twins are extremely rare and both rarely survive. Thailand's other pair of elephant twin, Jim and Joom, were born in 1993, but one died nine years ago. Zoos in both South Africa and Nepal have had three sets of elephant twins born on their grounds, the last set being born in Nepal just last year.

Though elephants are held in high regard in Thailand, their numbers have dwindled from over 100,000 to fewer than 4,000 today.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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