At the Columbus Zoo And Aquarium biologists achieved great success. Cheetah cubs were born as a result of in vitro fertilization also embryo transfer into the body of a surrogate mum. This event was reported on the website of the zoo.
According to scientists, this event was a real breakthrough in the struggle to preserve this species. Interestingly, the cubs born on February 19 have the same mother, but different fathers. All this time, this event was kept secret.
This in vitro fertilization result is made possible by close cooperation between Columbus Zoo, Ohio, the Smithsonian National Biology and Conservation Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, State of Virginia, and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Sanctuary in Glen Rose, Texas.
“The birth of these two babies (male and female) became possible thanks to the tremendous efforts of a whole team of biologists and zoologists who worked on this scientific miracle.
Their biological mother is a female cheetah named Kibibi, and a young female Isabelle (Izzy for short) became a surrogate mother,” said Dr. Randy Junge, vice president of the zoo.
“Although Izzy became a mum for the first time, she copes with her motherly duties perfectly. On Friday, February 21, our doctors conducted the first examination of the newborns. At the same time, their gender was revealed.
Brother and sister are healthy. They are active and have a good appetite, which gives them hope for a bright future.