Source: CRI

04-23-2007 13:36

A pair of newly born twin koalas made their first presence with their mother in Guangzhou's Xiangjiang Safari Park on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Six koalas arrived in Guangzhou, southern China's Guangdong province, from Australia in April last year. (Chinanews.cn Photo)

BEIJING, April 23 -- The first Twins Festival in southern China's Guangdong province will be held from April 22 to May 31, 2007, in order to celebrate the birth of the world's only existing koala twins in a local wildlife park.

China News Service reports that 100 pairs of twins participated in the event on Sunday. Their ages range from 6 months to 56 years old.

The twin koalas, born in Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, made their first public appearance on April 17, 2007.

Records show there have only been one pair of twin koalas in history before. They were born in an Australian college laboratory in 1960. The new-born twins are the only ones naturally-born, and the only pair existing today.

It is reported that Hong Kong pop star duet Twins are contacting the park, and that they are eager to pay the living expenses of the twin koalas in the future.

Besides the Twins Festival, an exhibition on animal twins will also be held in the park. Rare animal twins including pandas, white tigers, and lemurs, will be exhibited.