Rare twins pose ‘almost impossible’ challenge for elephant family on Dy Kingdoms II

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Sir David Attenborough explains the difficulty of giving birth to rare elephant twins in the next episode of Dynasty II – amid fears both could die

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The arrival of the extremely rare elephant twins, captured on camera for the first time, poses a “nearly impossible” challenge for their mother, according to Sir David Attenborough.

The natural historian, 95, offers a warning about the next episode of his reign II documentary series – continuing with a second episode on Sunday (March 27).

The BBC show’s producers were delighted when they discovered that Angelina – the female elephant they were monitoring in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park – had given birth to a son Atlas and four days later a daughter Alana.

However, the series’ narrator Attenborough explains that the arrival of the second calf will “change the fortunes” of the elephant family irreversibly.







Dy Kingdoms II features rare elephant twins Atlas and Alana
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He said: “Twins are so rare that they have only been recorded five times in Kenya. While this may seem like great news for the future strength of the family, calves need a lot of milk and care. raising twins is almost impossible.”

The broadcaster and author added: “Now there’s a very real chance that Angelina could lose both kids.”

Recently, this family suffered the death of a matriarch and lost 10 calves in 5 years.







Alana is the youngest of twins, born a few days after her brother.
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The twins, unaware of the burden they create by needing 10 liters of milk a day, spend the day playing with sticks and herding buffaloes.

The upcoming episode features heartbreaking scenes of baby elephants facing a life-or-death struggle to get out of the swamp.

They were also about to starve to death when Angelina’s milk dwindled. And there was a time when Atlas was so exhausted that he needed help to lift his head.







The twins are seen playing together in the upcoming episode
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Other dangers they face include aggression from testosterone-fueled bulls, drought, and predators.

Series producer Simon Blakeney said: “We are so lucky to be with the right woman who gave birth to these two incredible calves, a boy and a girl.”

He added: “It immediately doubled the challenge that woman and her family faced in raising them.” However, he said the cooperative nature of the elephants gave the twins the best chance.







Family includes mother Angelina, eldest daughters and twins
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Viewers will see the family go to unusually long periods of time to keep them alive. Simon added: “When babies are born in a group, they work together physically to bring them up.

“So while Angelina, the mother of these two calves, was the one leading their lives, she got help from her cousin, sister and other family members.”

Reigns II continues on Sunday night at 8pm on BBC One.

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