June 3, 2011
KIGALI (AFP) – A mountain gorilla in northern Rwanda has given birth to twins, a rare occurrence for an endangered species whose numbers have dwindled to less than 800, officials said Friday.
“The two babies, one male and one female, were born May 27,” said Rica Rwigamba, head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development Board. “The two new-borns and their mother Ruvumu are well,” she said.
It is only the seventh time in the last 40 years that a gorilla has given birth to twins. Twin gorillas were last born in February.