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Another Elephant Gives Birth to Twins in Tarangire

This seems to be the spotlight year for Tarangire; as far as strange wildlife episodes are concerned.

An Elephant has just given birth to twins in the National Park.

She is also the second Jumbo to achieve such miraculous feat in the area within a space of five years.

She is now the second Jumbo to deliver Twins in Tarangire, the first such incident occurred in the same park, nearly five years ago.

Again this year, Tarangire has been making global headlines following the discovery of two white colored buffaloes in the Baobab dotted National Park.

A white Hyena emerges in the area shortly after. Previously, Tarangire reported a ‘White Giraffe’ in the Park and ‘White Monkey,’ as well.

Ali Omar the Tanzania National Park’s Conservation Ranger Grade I, working in Tarangire confirmed the issue, adding that the Park’s ecologists were handling the situation.

Tour Drivers were the first to report the elephant’s twins and would track the mother and her babies for miles, being the new phenomenon in the wildlife precinct.

In 2018 an Elephant called Eloise, then aged 58 set a global record for not only giving birth to twins, but also being the oldest Jumbo to do so.

The twins were male and female, the brother, called “Elon Tusk,” and sister, “Emma” (after the actress Emma Watson), each weighing 200 pounds.

During that time the Tanzania National Park’s Director of Conservation and Business Development, Herman Batiho was the conservator at Tarangire.

The Deputy Commissioner of Conservation (DCC) Batiho explained then that Elephants giving birth to twins was a rare case; occurring in just 1 percent of the entire world population of Jumbos.

Zoological experts say in many cases an elephant may give birth once in five years and delivering two babies at once should be outstanding.

Tarangire, which is the second most popular National Park in the country after Serengeti, is the wildlife precinct with highest concentration of jumbos in East Africa.

Scientists point out that odds against the Jumbo twins’ survival can also be relatively high.

Apparently elephant conceptions resulting in twins are also far apart, sometimes with a two decades period in-between.

While it is not easy to keep baby elephant twins alive, it is even harder for a single mother to handle rivalling siblings, fighting for dominance as far as milk suckling is concerned.

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