Nakato and Wasswa, the only living set of twin giraffes in the United States, celebrated their first birthday at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch on May 10.
Born to resident giraffes Carol and Marshall, Nakato and Wasswa make 20 giraffes that have been birthed at Natural Bridge.
They may be twins, but it doesn't mean they have the same personalities. According to a press release, Nakato, the younger male twin, is very friendly and engaging towards people. Wasswa, the older female, is shy.
Over the course of the year, these cuties have grown a lot. Wasswa grew four-and-half feet tall and weighs 465 pounds. Nakato has grown four-feet and weighs 400 pounds.
These are some big babies.
“The twins’ birth was extremely rare. We didn’t have science or history as a guide,” said Tiffany Soechting, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch marketing director and animal specialist caring for the newborn giraffes.
So rare in fact, Laurie Bingaman Lackey, giraffe studbook keeper for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says the twin giraffes are the only living set in the US.
In this video, watch one of the Natural Bridge staff walk right up to one of the giraffes and start petting it.@marshnaylor