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Pregnant horse gives birth to ‘miracle’ twin babies
There was a 1 in 10,000 chance of survival for this horse baby.
Rachel Shapiro
09.13.21

One spring day, a mama horse named Emma laid down to deliver her foal. Everything went well as Emma worked to bring her little one into the world, and Emma’s owner kept a careful eye on the horse as she went through labor.

But then, Emma’s owner got a big surprise when not one but two baby horses appeared.

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Horses usually give birth to one horse at a time.

It is not uncommon for them to conceive twins, but it is extremely rare for both embryos to survive.

What usually happens in this situation is that one of the two embryos takes over the other one during some point of the pregnancy, leading to the second embryo dying early. In other cases, the veterinarian will have to perform an abortion to remove the second foal in order for one of them to grow normally and healthy.

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Veterinary surgeon Nicolas Jarvis, who works at a UK horse sanctuary, said:

“Although mares quite often conceive twins, it is rare that both embryos survive. If you have two foals, they are vying for space and the chances of them coming out alive and well are slim.”

This basically means that, usually, the foals fight inside the womb for the growing space, and one usually wins the fight.

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To put things in perspective, the survival rate of twin horses is 1 in 10,000.

For humans, the percentage of live twin births per year is approximately 27 percent. This means that there are approximately 1 billion twins on this planet. It seems to be a lot, but considering that there are approximately 7.4 billion people in total, the number remains pretty low.

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Twins, in general, are an uncommon phenomenon. For horses, this number is even lower than for humans. Having foals that are twins is, therefore, an extremely rare occurrence, a wonder of nature as one can call it.

So, when Emma gave birth to twins, and both of them survived, both vets and the internet became amazed.

It is the first set of documented twin foals since 2009, the last ones being Colby and Leo, a set of twin foals born in the UK. It had been almost 10 years since Mother Nature produced such a miracle.

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The twin foals are called Grace and Will, and they are in very good health. Even better, they are both expected to live happy and long lives, making them miracles of nature.

According to the Center of Equine Health, when two live foals are delivered, there is a very high risk of foaling problems for the mother, as well as a high chance at a loss of life for both foals during their first two weeks of life. The owner of Emma was (and is still) stunned by the event and didn’t even know that Emma was carrying twins this entire time.

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We’re so glad Emma is doing well and that both her horses are healthy! What a beautiful miracle.

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RARE HORSE TWINS: It's rare for a horse to give birth to twins, but even more rare for them to survive! The California ranch owner calls sweet "Will" and "Grace" a miracle. STORY: fox46charlotte.com/news/259278602-story

Posted by FOX 46 Charlotte on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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