The Mercury

Rhino eggs fertilised


SEVEN eggs from the world’s last two remaining northern white rhinos have been fertilised artificial­ly, reviving hope of saving the endangered animals, scientists said.

The world’s last male northern white rhinoceros, a 45-year-old named Sudan, died last year in Kenya, leaving only the two surviving females of the species.

Najin and Fatu are Sudan’s daughter and granddaugh­ter and the three animals lived together at the Ol Pejeta Conservanc­y, about 250km north of Nairobi, where Sudan died.

The scientists said yesterday they harvested 10 eggs from Najin and Fatu and that seven of those had been successful­ly matured and artificial­ly inseminate­d on Sunday.

The team of scientists is led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin.

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