Twins bring twice the happiness or twice the headache to their parents. Sibling rivalries are nothing new, but generally kids wait until they’re born to start fighting each other. However that wasn’t the case for one set of twins who were caught kicking off with one another during an ultrasound scan in China.
A clip has gone viral, showing the two foetuses apparently hit each other inside their mother’s womb. Their father, Mr Tao, filmed the video during an antenatal check late last year in the city of Yinchuan.
Since the clip was shared online, the cheeky pair have been born and were given the nicknames ‘Cherry’ and ‘Strawberry’. The clip has rover 2.5 million likes and 80,000 comments since it was published on China Daily.
The 28-year-old thought it was hilarious to see his unborn daughters ‘boxing with each other for a few rounds’, but never thought his children were going ‘to be internet stars before being born‘.
One viewer wrote: “Whoever wins [the fight] can be the elder one when they are born,” while a second person added: “They fight in their mother’s belly, but will lover each other when they are born”
Mr Tao said he spotted the twins hugging each other during another visit to the doctors, earlier this year. Their father said one was hugging the other while his wife was undergoing an amniotic fluid test.
He said: “We were so touched. The babies were so small and they knew how to look after each other. I believe they will live with each other in harmony when they grow up.”
The pair shared the same amniotic sac and placenta while inside the womb. This types of pregnancy is rare and scientifically known as monochorionic monoamniotic twins – or ‘mo-mo twins’ which occurs once in every 35,000 to 60,000 per year.
When both children have their own umbilical cords there is more risk as they could become tangled and prevent proper blood flow. It’s one of the highest risk twin pregnancies possible.
There is only a 50 percent chance that the babies will survive after 26 weeks. Thankfully both ‘Cherry’ and ‘Strawberry’ were born on 8 April delivered by caesarean section.
Deputy director from the hospital He Lin said: “The babies have been born safe and sound. It’s their parents’ fortune as well as my fortune. They are the first pair of Mo-Mo twins our hospital has successfully delivered.”
Take a look at the video below to see the ultrasound:
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