Remember the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world which died
last year in Kenya?
Although that was a very sad piece of news, now, there’s some hope for the species.
This is because seven eggs from the world’s last two remaining northern white rhinos have been successfully fertilised artificially.
According to a report by news agency Reuters
, ten eggs were harvested from the daughter and grand-daughter of the last male northern white rhinoceros, Najin and Fatu, and out of that, seven had been successfully matured and artificially inseminated.
The team of scientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin said the sperm for the insemination came from two bulls of the same species which was kept frozen.
They added that the next step would be to create viable embryos that can be frozen and then later on transferred to southern white rhino surrogate mothers.
For all the sad news we've been getting about animals and nature these days, this one is indeed one of the best news we've heard in a long time.