S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

The world’s first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, at a conservation center outside South African capital Pretoria. Phill Magakoe, AFP

BRITS, South Africa – Watching the 2 little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation center outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it’s hard to see anything out of the ordinary.

But these cubs are unique.

“These are the first ever lion cubs to be born by means of artificial insemination — the first such pair anywhere in the world,” announced the University of Pretoria, whose scientists are researching the reproductive system of female African lions.

The 2 cubs, a male and female, born on August 25 are healthy and normal, said Andre Ganswindt, the director of the University of Pretoria’s mammal…

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