It is such a rare occasion to discover elephant twins that the Amboseli Trust for Elephants has only 3 documented cases of twin births in the past 48 years (Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa). 051420 Sadly, few elephant twins “survive into adulthood”.# #102218 In most cases one calf dies when twins are born.+ +112416
1980 Estella became the first elephant (Cynthia Moss/the ATFE began their research in 1972) to go on record as having twin elephant calves. Born in 1980, she had a boy and a girl named, Equinox & Eclipse, respectively. The female twin, Eclipse, lived until 2017. She birthed three baby elephants in her lifetime; her death was from natural causes. Equinox was still living at last report 5/2020. Estella, the mama elephant, lived** from 1938 to 2006 **112416 051420
2018 KWS spotted twin elephant calves at Easter (Sunday 1 April 2018 when, ironically, April Fools & Easter Sunday coincide). Mama elephant Paru had given birth to a male and female babies. 042318 Sadly the female twin died* less than seven months after her birth. The little elephant had suffered a back injury, which a veterinarian had checked. Yet he deemed the risks of surgery (at the time the calf had no apparent infection or signs of suffering) & the risks of darting the mother elephant, Paru, both higher than the rewards. The baby girl elephant’s health seemed to improve; both twins had been closely monitored. Hers was called “a natural death”* nonetheless. *102218
2020 Mama elephant Pazia had twin elephant baby boys born approx. March or April 2020. 070720
2020 Mama elephant Angelina‘s twins were born in the most unusual way. A male calf was born on Thursday 6 February 2020. The following Monday, 10 February 2020, Angelina had two baby elephants by her side, the second calf a baby girl. 021120
Matriarch Angelina is unique. She is easily recognizable by her “reversed tusks”. Angelina‘s family includes Aurora (adopted in 2010), Amola (born in 2011), & Aspen (born in 2015) The new twins have been named Amora (boy) & Aurora B (girl). 021320 KWS Twitter
Thank you Amboseli Trust for Elephants for your research and your tireless efforts to help protect our African elephants, and their elephant families.
Source: Amboseli Trust for Elephants facebook, dates of posts included, with the exception of KWS Twitter linked above.
Images: by Amboseli Trust for Elephants FB Angelina the elephants with her twins (031020) & by ERNA, twin elephant boys, Mama Pazia, born in Africa, Amboseli National Park
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