A mum was stunned when the adorable twins she gave birth to came out with one very noticeable difference.
Chantelle Broughton, 29, gave birth to son Ayon and daughter Azirah in Nottingham City Hospital in April – but the pair came out with completely different skin colours.
Ayon has green eyes and light skin while little Azirah has brown eyes and a dark complexion, in stark contrast to her brother.
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Genetic experts estimate that these kinds of rare births are one in a million.
Both Chantelle and dad Ashton, 29, are mixed race, as Chantelle who has a fair complexion has a black Nigerian maternal grandad, while dad Ashton, also 29, is half Jamaican and half Scottish.
The mum-of-three said the twins didn't look very different at birth, but have become totally distinct in the past four months, with Azirah's skin becoming darker as the weeks went by.
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In addition to their different appearances, Chantelle says the four-month-old twins now have "totally opposite" personalities, but seem to get on like a house on fire.
Chantelle, from Nottingham, said: "I’m so glad they came out the way they are – our own unique little family.
"Azirah was slightly darker at birth but you couldn’t really tell. Now as weeks have gone on she has gotten to the point where she's darker than her dad.
"Every few weeks, friends and family still say they can't believe it.
"Azirah is really laid back and chilled, whereas Ayon wants a lot more attention. He always wants to be rocked and is constantly babbling along. Azirah doesn't do that very often.
"But I have noticed they are really staring at each other now and smiling more. I think they will stay like this. I think their hair will be different too.
"Azirah will have thick and curly hair and Ayon's will be completely different. You can already feel the difference in texture."
Chantelle says the twins catch people's eye when they're out and about – and even joked that passers-by might speculate they have separate dads.
She added: "When you’ve got a twin pushchair people seem to notice you more anyway. I think people are gonna think I've had two different kids with two different dads.
"They do a double take and comment on how unusual it is. People just stop and say 'Oh my god'. They just look totally different. I've had people ask 'are they both yours?'
"A lot of elderly ladies stop me and tell me how beautiful it is.
"A lot of the time people don't want to mention it but when we tell them they say it's crazy as you don't see it very often.
"I wouldn't have it any other way though, it's certainly unique."
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