South African lion cubs conceived through artificial insemination, said to be a world first, World News


BRITS, SOUTH AFRICA – Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation centre outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it is 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 two cubs, a male and female, born on Aug 25 are healthy and normal, said Mr Andre Ganswindt, the director of the University of Pretoria’s mammal research institute.

His team’s breakthrough came after 18 months of intensive trials.

“We collected sperm from a healthy lion,” Mr Ganswindt told AFP.

Then when the…

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