World's First Set Of Male Twin Elephants Born In Thailand

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The pair were born two hours apart to a cheering crowd in the rural area of Tha Lad in Surin, Thailand. Weighing a healthy 80kg, Thong-Kum and Thong-Tang, are a double bundle of trouble, running around playing with each other in the muddy field they call home. At just two-weeks old they seem to be doing well and giving their 35-year-old mum, Phang Thong Khun, a run for her money.

Yet after carrying the pair around for 21 months she seems relieved the pregnancy is over.One onlooker had travelled from a local town just to see the rare phenomenon. “I can’t believe there are twin elephants, I have heard they are so rare,” she said.”They are a bit wrinkly and ugly at the moment but I’m sure as they grow up they will get really cute.”

Elephant twins occur very rarely, and due to the nutritional needs placed on the mother, their survival rates are often low.Thailand’s other pair of elephant twins, females Jim and Joom, were born in 1993, but one sadly died nine-years-ago.

In January 2005, twin elephants were born in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. They were the third twins to be born in the history of the park.Twin elephants were also born in Chitwan National Park, Nepal, in 2009. Again they were the third set to be born there in the history of Chitwan.Elephants in Thailand are held in high esteem and are a national symbol, although their population has plummeted from 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century to around 4,000 today.

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