Valentine’s Day was extra special at Bioparc Valencia this year when female Chimpanzee Marlin gave birth to twins.
The staff had already been on alert for Malin’s approaching due date. Malin is an experienced mother, so the staff was not overly concerned, but they added bedding to the Chimps’ indoor quarters and kept a close eye on Malin.
On February 14, they were surprised to discover that Malin had delivered twins! The sex of the infants is not yet known, but the staff can tell them apart by their ear color: one has dark ears and the other has light ears.
Twins are somewhat rare in Chimpanzees. Most females give birth to just one infant. Despite the extra demand of carrying and nursing two babies, Malin is providing excellent care for her youngsters.
Chimpanzees are native to the forests if western and central Africa. They are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.