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A rare northern white rhino embryo has been created by scientists in a bid to keep the species from going extinct after centuries of poaching.
There are only two members of the species left alive and they are both female, so researchers have implanted their eggs with frozen sperm from dead males.
Embryo - Scientists - Liquid - Nitrogen - Surrogate
This is the third embryo created by scientists and they are all being stored in liquid nitrogen ready to be transferred to a surrogate mother in the coming months.
The ultimate goal is to create a herd of at least five animals that could be returned to their natural habitat in Africa, researchers say.
Najin - Daughter - Fatu - Subspecies - Rhino
Najin, 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, are the last of the subspecies of white rhino, and live under 24-hour armed guard.
In August 2019 they underwent a highly risky procedure carried out by a team of international vets, which saw them anaesthetised for almost two hours.
Eggs - Techniques - Years - Research - Development
While asleep their eggs were extracted using techniques that have taken years of research and development.
The eggs used to create all three embryos were harvested from Fatu.
Team - Effort - Result - Najin - Thomas
'Now the team will make every effort to achieve the same result for the 30-year-old Najin before it is too late for her,' said Thomas Hildebrandt with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research in Germany.
The procedure has proven to be safe and can be performed regularly before the animals become too old, the team said.
Years - Production - Rhino
'Five years ago, it seemed like the production of a northern white rhino...
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