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Last Updated: Thursday February 10 2011 15:43 GMT

Rare mountain gorilla twins born in the wild

The mountain gorilla twins with their mum Kabatwa

Rare mountain gorilla twins have been born in Rwanda.

The pair are thought to be the first Gorilla twins born in the African country since 2004 - and only the fifth pair to be born there ever.

Mum Kabatwa gave birth to the pair on 3 February 2011 in the Virunga Massif National Park.

There are fewer than 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild - and most of those live in the park where the twins were born.

One of the two mountain gorilla twins
There are thought to be less than 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild

The Virunga Massif is so big it spreads into three countries in Africa, and although numbers of mountain gorillas are low they are thought be increasing.

Saving apes

Ian Redmond works for the Ape Alliance. An organisation that work to try and save apes, he thinks the boys arrival is great news.

He said: "Gorilla mothers usually have only one baby every four years or so - which is one reason why they are so vulnerable - so twins give a rare double gain in one birth."