The Mother elephant which bore twin babies in the Tarangire National Park last year seems to have crossed into the New Year 2023 with her babies, safe and sound.
The Jumbo Mom and her twins keep being spotted several times by a number of tour and driver guides that have been visiting the country’s second most popular National Park, these past few days.
According to tour guides the elephant family together with another herd of jumbos usually loves to wander near the Mibuyu Mingi section of Tarangire.
Mibuyu is plural for ‘Baobabs,’ is Kiswahili, which means the herds of elephants usually like to venture or feed near the area with clusters of the giant trees.
The Elephant which gave birth to twins in the Tarangire National Park, was just one of the several strange zoological happenings that were recorded in the course of the year 2022.
Tarangire also saw the emergence of three milky white buffaloes, an alleged albino hyena and a white baboon.
The Mother elephant is also the second Jumbo to achieve such a miraculous feat in Tarangire within a space of five years.
Tour Drivers were the first to report the elephant’s twins last year and would track the mother and her babies for miles.
Later, the Ranger working for Tanzania National Parks, Ali Omar confirmed the incident.
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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,” (Rhymes with Elon Musk) 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.
Deputy Commissioner 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.
Scientists point out that odds against the Jumbo twins’ survival can also be relatively high.
Tarangire, which is the second most popular National Park in the country after Serengeti, also features the highest concentration of jumbos in East Africa.
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.