Did you know that around 27% of births are a live twin birth per year? That is around 1 billion twins in this world. While that is a substantial number, if you think about it, it really is a low number compared to the 7.4 billion people in this world.
Even less? Horses. Yeah, makes sense, but did you know a live twin birth for horses is around 1 in 10,000. Crazy how little that number is.
That’s why when this horse, Emma, in California gave birth to a set of twin foals, Will and Grace, vets were amazed. Even more miraculous? Mom and foals are healthy.
In a normal twin pregnancy for horses, either nature takes over and the foal will die in utero or vets will give early or late-term abortions so that one foal can grow normally in a healthy manner.
While it is rare to have live births of healthy twins in horses, it is very likely for them to conceive twin embryos, but it is rare that both will survive.
It makes sense, as Nicola Jarvis, senior veterinary surgeon at a horse sanctuary in the UK explains, “If you have two foals, they are vying for space and the chances of them coming out alive and well are slim.”
Both foals would be fighting for growing space and any momma that has ever been pregnant with just one baby can relate to the elbow in the ribs. Imagine having two in there!
Will and Grace are the first set of documented twins since 2009 where a set of twins were born to a mare in the UK. Their names were Leo and Colby.
The twin foals were a surprise to the horse’s owner as they were not aware that the horse was, in fact, carrying twins. Imagine their surprise when one foal was born and out comes another one.
While twin foals are rare, not only for genetic reasons, but for also the safety of the foals, but the mothers’ safety as well, these foals are healthy and happy and so is the mom!
Nature is amazing, especially when we see miracles like Will and Grace happening. If you think so too, like and SHARE with your family and friends now!
Also, watch these other videos of horse twins. They are so cute!