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Rare Baby Elephant Twins Are A Delight To Watch

12/09/2014 02:07 EST | Updated 12/09/2014 02:59 EST

It's not every day you get to see baby elephant twins. In fact, elephants twins are so rare, the odds of them being born are less than one per cent.

Born on Dec. 5, the two unnamed twins are currently in the care of staff at the Pongola Game Reserve in South Africa, along with their 31-year-old mother, Curve. According to the reserve, Curve has three other children, and the father, 44-year-old Ignani, passed away just over a year ago. (Elephant mothers carry their fetuses for 22 months, the longest of any mammal.)

In the video above, we get to see both twins (their sex is still not confirmed) interacting with their mama, along with other elephants on the reserve.

However, elephant specialist, Dr. Ian Whyte, says the reserve is being extra cautious by giving Curve and her babies more space to create a stress-free environment.

"This is the best approach. Mortality of one of the twins usually occurs as the increasing demand for milk by two calves cannot be met by the mother and the less dominant of the two calves usually cannot gain access to its share," he said in a statement.

Whyte adds prior to this, two other sets of twins were born in 2002 and 2006, and both survived for at least a year.

Check out the video above to find out more about these calves.

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