When the parents of Maria and Lucy Aylmer went for a scan in 1996, they discovered that they were expecting twins. However, despite all the preparations they’d make to welcome two new additions to the family, nothing could have readied them for the surprise in the delivery room. Because what the sonogram hadn’t shown was that the twins have entirely different skin colors from each other.
Maria and Lucy Aylmer were born on January 16, 1997, in Gloucester, England. They have the same mom and dad and are, in fact, twins. However, their mom was shocked when the twins were handed to her in the delivery room. Her baby girls, after all, couldn’t have looked any less alike.
“It was such a shock for her because things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth,” Lucy told the Daily Mail in 2015. “So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her she was just speechless.”