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Seeing double: Baby twin giraffes

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Texas is home to the only living set of giraffe twins in the United States. The two were born to parents Carol and Marshall on May 10th at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch outside New Braunfels.

"We didn't know the twins were coming," said Tiffany Soecting, an animal specialist at the wildlife ranch.

The only thing cuter than one is two baby reticulated giraffes. The twins are hard to miss and drawing crowds of visitors.

"Baby animals, everybody loves baby animals if they're animal lovers," said Karen Caples while stretching her neck to catch a glimpse of the giraffes.

The twins are named Wasswa and Nakato which in Eastern African language mean first and second born.

Wasswa weighed 95 pounds and was 4.5 feet tall. Her brother, Nakato, was 125 pounds and 5.5 feet tall.  

Laurie Lackey, a book keeper for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says the twin giraffe's birth is the second set of living giraffe twins in the United States and ninth set of living twins born in the zoos of the world.

Since the 1830s there have been over 8,000 recorded giraffe births in zoos worldwide and the twins' birth at the wildlife ranch mark the 31st set of recorded twins.

Initially, Soecting and the rest of the staff were concerned that Mother Carol would not have enough milk to support both babies. Nakato was taken away from his mother and sister. He will be bottle fed for the next eight to nine months.

"When we first introduced him to mom she was aggressive," explained Soecting who says Carol's instincts as a mother kicked in. Nakato is separated by a fence from his sister and mom which doesn't keep him from being playful.

Carol kisses and licks her twins. Her natural habits are a sight to see. The twins grow each day and as adults will stand between 16 and 19 feet tall.

Their dad, Marshall, was separated to prevent any chance of accidental injury to the babies.

Soecting and her team are proud to call the twins Texans.

Visit http://wildliferanchtexas.com/ for more information.

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