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The first-ever young lions "from a test tube" - RIA Novosti, were born 9/4/2018 in the Republic of South Africa


Newborn young lions. Archival photo
MOSCOW, 4 Sep — RIA Novosti. In the Republic of South Africa the first-ever cubs of the African lion conceived as a result of extracorporal fertilization (EKO) were born, The Sun reports. Young lions Victor and Isabel born in the center of preservation of the wild nature Ukutula feel well and prepare for a meeting with adult individuals.
"Is the first successful realization of EKO at lions. The sense is in improving our knowledge, to increase the level of understanding of big cats and to promote quickly in researches" — doctor Isabel Kayealta, the chief researcher of the project has said. For the last 25 years the number of the African lions was reduced more than by 60 percent. In spite of the fact that these animals usually well breed in bondage, in the wild nature they are in danger because of isolation, inbreeding (closely related crossing), destruction of the habitat, poaching and trophy hunting. The scientific break made by scientists from the University of Pretoria gives hope that in the future it will also be possible to liquidate threat of disappearance of a tiger, Iberian lynx and snow leopard.

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