When This Wild Elephant Gave Birth, She Delivered A Surprise That Hadn’t Been Seen In 40 Years

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With more than 1,600 elephants under their care, rangers at Amboseli National Park in Kenya are no doubt accustomed to welcoming new calves into the world. But when Paru gave birth in March 2018, she delivered a once-in-a-lifetime surprise. This particular type of birth was so rare, in fact, that staff hadn’t seen anything like it for nearly 40 years.

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Amboseli National Park in the south of Kenya is one of the most visited parks in the country, and it’s easy to see why. The 150-square-mile wildlife haven boasts a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. And it’s also one of the best places in the world to get up close and personal with free-roaming elephants.

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Elephants aren’t the only creatures that call Amboseli their home, though. The protected park actually encompasses five different types of habitat – from woodlands to wetlands – that provide the perfect conditions for a whole host of wild animals such as Masai giraffes, cheetahs, lions and spotted hyenas – as well as 600 different species of bird.

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