Black & White Twins

WELCOMING new twins into the world is always a momentous event.

But when brothers Ryan and Leo arrived they had an extra surprise for their parents - they were born with different coloured skin.

For one twin to be black and one to be white is so rare that it is thought by medical experts to be a one-in-a-million occurrence.

The twins' mother, Florence, 35, is from Ghana, west Africa while their father, Stephan, is German.

Stephan, 40, said though the couple were surprised by the colourings, the most important thing was the babies were healthy.

The infants caused a sensation at the Sana Hospital in Lichtenberg, Germany, where they were born last week, with guests crowding around to greet the new arrivals.

And the twins are already revealing opposing personalities. Light-skinned Ryan is described as a "spirited" baby, while Leo is laid back.