There’s something simply majestic about horses. They’re beautiful, strong, and they often just bring out the best in people. And that’s pretty much all horses! Even the most ordinary equine has a special ability to touch the human heart. So, what happens when you come in contact with a rare horse? It’s almost magic.
Unlike with humans, twins are not common in the horse world. In fact, the chances of a mare giving birth to live twin foals is one in 10,000 (compared to nearly 34 in 1,000 human births), and, sadly, even fewer equine twins make it past birth. The chances of the twins surviving a mere two weeks is a staggering one in 15,000! Although it’s rare, it does happen, as evidenced by the special foals, Mocha and Cappuccino, born in Corvallis, Oregon in 2014.
The twin foals came as a complete surprise, and with several health issues to boot. Because of the surprising circumstances, their owners gifted the twins to nearby Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, to help the aspiring veterinarians studying there. Dr. John Schlipf, a professor at the college, was bowled over by the rare twins, saying, “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and this is only the second set of live twins I’ve seen … A little miracle like that makes your day.” The students who are getting to work with Mocha and Cappuccino are also aware of how special these two are – and how lucky they are to experience caring for them. “It’s been pretty amazing seeing something that, basically, we were told in class we would never see, and seeing them survive and do well,” explained students Carrie Casita and Emily Ansler.
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H/T: Rhoda Krause