Sri Lanka delight over rare sighting of 'twin tuskers'

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 9 Jul 2020

A pair of baby elephants feeding from the same mother have been spotted in a Sri Lankan national park, with officials speculating yesterday the two could be a rare set of twins.

The young tuskers - who rangers estimate are three to four weeks old - were spotted in the Minneriya sanctuary about 200 kilometers north-east of Colombo, grazing with a herd of about a dozen elephants.

After observing the pair from a distance, officials are confident enough to say they are twins, said the Department of Wildlife Conservation's director-general, Tharaka Prasad.

The two were also photographed feeding from the same cow by conservationist Sumith Pilapitiy.

Rangers were carrying out DNA tests on the herd's dung to confirm they are twins, Prasad said.

The sighting was near the area where seven elephants died from poisoning in September.

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