Twin baby elephants born at an orphanage in Sri Lanka

Published September 1, 2021, 11:13 AM

by Xinhua

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s wildlife authorities on Tuesday said that a pair of twin baby elephants was born at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, outside the central hills of Kandy in the Central Province, which was the first of its kind reported from the orphanage.

Workers care for the twin baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka, Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua)

A 25-year-old elephant named Surangi delivered healthy male calves.

The workers are taking care of the twin baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka, Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua)

They are the first elephant twins born in captivity in Sri Lanka since 1941, according to elephant expert Jayantha Jayewardene.

“Both the calves and the mother are doing fine,” Renuka Bandaranaike, head of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, said.

Workers are taking care of the twin baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka, Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua)

“The babies are relatively small, but they are healthy.” She said Surangi gave birth to a male calf in 2009.

An Elephant has given birth to two baby elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka, Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua)

 
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