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Brits (South Africa) (AFP) – Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation centre outside of South Africa’s capital Pretoria, it’s hard to see anything out of the ordinary.
But these cubs are unique.
The article goes on to state the following:
“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 August 25 are healthy and normal, said Andre Ganswindt, the director of the University of Pretoria’s mammal research institute.
His team’s breakthrough came after 18 months of intensive trials.
VIDEO: South Africa’s Ukutula Conservation Center shows off the first lion cubs ever born through artificial insemination, an historic milestone for lions and other endangered cat species pic.twitter.com/50GpQiUJtk
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 30, 2018
Meet Victor and Isabel, the first two lion cubs to be conceived through artificial insemination https://t.co/i5mp76SJJP
— CTV News (@CTVNews) September 30, 2018
— Afropages (@AfropagesEn) September 30, 2018
Imke Lueders, a scientist involved in the study, said “having the first lion cubs ever born from #artificial insemination in their natural range country, and not in a zoo overseas, is an important milestone for South Africa”. pic.twitter.com/aLGwyAseQZ
— Kasi Sekhar (@Kasi1996) September 30, 2018
— The Straits Times (@STcom) September 30, 2018
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