Photo taken on April 21 shows the newborn foal and her mother roaming in the wild horse breeding and research center of Xinjiang.
URUMQI, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Good things come in pairs.
The metaphor may be fit for Friday when two foals were born at a wild horse breeding center in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the first such happening since the center was established in 1980s.
The two newborns, both female, managed to stand up five minutes after they were born and came after their mothers to get fed. As the mares were still recovering from delivery, workers of the center had also prepared nutritious fodders made of alfalfa, carrots, wheat,corns and eggs for them, according to Zhang Hefan, a researcher with the center.
Foals are born in the spring and around a dozen foals of the endangered species are expected to be born this year. The birth of Friday's foals, which belong to Przewalski's horses, brought the total number of the rare wild horses at the research center to 363, said Zhang.
Przewalski's horses historically lived on grasslands that are now part of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Mongolia. The species became extinct in China in 1960s due to over-hunting and deteriorated environment.
Photo taken on April 21 shows the wild horses drinking water from a fountain in a stable.
The center, located at the southern edge of Kalamayli Nature Reserve inside Junggar Basin in northern Xinjiang, was established in 1980s when the breed was reintroduced to Xinjiang and Gansu Province from stock captive-bred in Europe. The Xinjiang center first brought 24 horses from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, from which 640 horses have since been bred.
Photo taken on April 21 shows wild horses roaming inside the breeding center.
There are currently 173 horses living in the wild within the 2,000 hectares of the Xinjiang center, the largest wild horse breeding center in Asia.