A couple welcomed twin babies that doctors have described as a one-in-a-million occurrence.
The effect is so striking that Martin said it’s difficult to believe.
“When they were born, we kept staring at both of them – we couldn’t believe it,” Horton also told the Mail.
“It was a lovely feeling and a big shock,” the UK woman said. “One thing I know for sure is that family and friends won’t ever struggle to tell them apart.”
The Mail reported that Martin is half-Jamaican and Horton is white.
“When people look in the pram and see that one is darker than the other, they will sometimes be a bit thrown and ask if they are twins,” Horton, an Asda delivery driver, explained to the news outlet.
“They are shocked when we say yes,” she continued.
And Martin, a builder, said that “everybody loves them.”
“We’ve got used to it but you hear people whisper as we walk past,” he said. “If I saw them out, I don’t think I’d believe they were related.”
The two knew early on that Horton would have twins.
“They are totally different in character too,” Horton told The Sun. “Kendall is very laid-back and easy-going, she will just sleep and sleep. Baylee loves attention and is very loud and needy.”
“I’m sure when they’re older this will make them a little tag team,” she said.
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But the parents didn’t expect how much work twins would be.
“Simple tasks like popping to the shops for bread can become a mammoth task. We feel like we spend our entire lives making bottles, feeding them and cleaning bottles. And I’ve completely forgotten what sleep is. But we wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.
Horton said she hopes the two will appreciate their looks when they get older.
She added: “It will be something really special for them. It’s part of their identity and we feel very lucky to have them.”
Allan Pacey, a Sheffield University fertility doctor, explained to The Mail that the contrasting skin colors are caused by how the parents’ genes are changed before being passed on.
“This shuffling has created something that is completely unexpected and throws us but it is just nature’s way of making us diverse,” Pacey said.
Twins Go Viral
Nobody believes that Lucy and Maria Aylmer, another pair of sisters from the United Kingdom, are twins.
these two girls are twin sisters Lucy and Maria Aylmer pic.twitter.com/j498cJVOCD
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They were born in 1997, as the New York Post reported, and the sisters have grown used to getting mistaken for being friends.
“No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” Lucy told the paper.
“Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins.”
One has straight, reddish hair and a fair complexion and the other has darker eyes and skin, according to the NY Post.
“No-one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black. Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins. When we’ve met friends for the first time they never believe we are twins and they have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove that we are actually twins,” Lucy told broadcaster ITV.