Sunday, 4 August 2013

Last Wild Horse Sees First Artificial Insemination Success

In a first for scientists, a foal of the world's last true wild horse has been born by way of artificial insemination.

The birth of a female Przewalski's horse (pronounced "cha-VAL-skee") on July 27 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Virginia was celebrated as a major achievement for the survival of the endangered species, once thought to have been extinct in the wild.
Credit: Doloros Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

"It seems reasonable to assume that reproduction for the Przewalski’s horse would be similar to domestic horses, but it simply isn’t the case," Budhan Pukazhenthi, a reproductive physiologist with SCBI, said in a statement.

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