Horses are one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Strong, majestic and full of character. Watching horses striding in action is something special. Coming across a rare looking horse is also pretty special.
It turns out one of the most rarest form of horses, are twins! They are not common with horses, with a one in 10,000 chance as opposed to a 34 in 1,000 birth twin statistic with humans. Unfortunately, many twin horses don’t make it past birth. It’s actually a 1 in 15,000 chance that they will make it two weeks. Mocah and Cappuccino from Corvallis, Oregon bucked that trend in 2014. They were indeed a surprise, and did have several health issues. Since it was a surprise, the owners gave the twins to the Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, so aspiring vets could study and learn from them.
Dr. John Schlipf is a professor at the college. He was blown away by the twins. He said: “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and this is only the second set of live twins I’ve seen … A little miracle like that makes your day.”
Students are able to get this rare experience working with Mocha and Cappuccino. Students Carrie Casita and Emily Ansler said the following: “It’s been pretty amazing seeing something that, basically, we were told in class we would never see, and seeing them survive and do well.”
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