Rare twin elephant calves born in Minneriya

8 July 2020 11:46 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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An elephant mother has given birth to twin calves at the Minneriya National Park, Director Wildlife Health at Department of Wildlife Conservation Dr. Tharaka Prasad said.

He informed Daily Mirror that it was the first time in Sri Lanka’s recorded history that twin elephant calves had been witnessed. The calves are three to four weeks old, according to officials.

“This is a rare and special occasion. Hence, we are taking all the measures to protect these twin babies and their mother,” Dr. Prasad said. 

 “This observation has been made by one of Sri Lanka’s acclaimed researchers on Elephants and a former Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya, along with officers of the Minneriya National Park,” he added.

The Wildlife Department requested tourists not to make a special effort to capture or film these elephant calves in a way that would disturb their habitat. 

In an earlier occasion, a similar observation was made at the Elephant Transit Home in Uda Walawe. However, there was no conclusive evidence to prove that the calves were twins. (Sheain Fernandopulle)     

 

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  • ANTON Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:07 PM

    WE ALREADY HAVE VERY OLD TWIN ELEPHANTS IN SIRIKOTHA.

    Lal Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:23 PM

    WHAT ABOUT WIMAL AND UDAYA ???!!!!!!

    Gehan weerasinghe Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:59 PM

    Aney...don't forget to mention Bandula and Pavithra anty !! Those are 'identicle twin hypos' !

    BigEars Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:26 PM

    Good news after a long time. Congratulations to the happy father and mother and the twins. We would like a daily or weekly update on their progress. I am so happy.

    Bagi Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:44 PM

    How about hourly ????

    Mads Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:40 PM

    Please don't publicize these things. The next thing we would see is that both calves being shot and killed. That's what happened to the Panther as well!

    Upula Wednesday, 08 July 2020 08:58 PM

    For God s sake do not do anything to these babies. No need of gene checks. We remember the saga of the black panther in the hands of this so called vets who poked fingers in to it's wound


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