We might have saved the White Rhino from extinction
A team of scientists have successfully extracted eggs from the last two northern white rhino in the world. It is a step in the right direction from saving the species from extinction.
The next step will be to artificially impregnate surrogate mothers, in the hope we can produce two new baby white rhinos.
Ten eggs were harvested from female rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Scientists said on Tuesday that they want to use them to create viable embryos that will later be transferred into surrogates.
Neither one of the last two remaining Rhinos – dubbed Najin and Fatuwill – can carry a baby rhino to full term.
Scientists said that the pandemic has put the mission to save the species back a bit, however the egg harvesting went smoothly and they can now proceed to the next part of their plan.
This will be the third time eggs have been taken from the species sicne August 2019. They are currently stable and frozen in Avantea Laboratory in Italy, to be artificially inseminated with frozen material from northern white rhino bulls.
Sadly, there are no more male species in existence. The last male rhino died in March 2018.
The next step will be for scientists to choose surrogate mothers.
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