The Franklin Park Zoo reports that Abby, one of its Baird's tapirs, gave birth Thursday to twin babies, something that's never before been reported at either a zoo or in the wild.
The tapirs were born after zoo veterinarians first anesthetized Abby to help with the birth, because her water broke but that was not followed by any contractions to help push the ten-pound babies out.
Both mother and babies are doing fine, but the babies are in a separate enclosure for now - where Abby can see them - so staffers can ensure they are feeding well in their first few days. They are fed every two hours to help them pack on the pounds; both weight a little less than 10 pounds at birth, about half what a normal tapir newborn weighs.
Baird's tapirs, which can reach several hundred pounds in weight, are native to southern Mexico and Central America.