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Eggs extracted from last northern white rhino females in bid to save the species

It is hoped that a surrogate could be used for reproduction.

A ranger reaches out towards female northern white rhino Najin, 30 (Ben Curtis/PA)
A ranger reaches out towards female northern white rhino Najin, 30 (Ben Curtis/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Wildlife experts and veterinarians say there is hope to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino because they successfully extracted eggs from the last two remaining females of the species.

The eggs will be used to reproduce the species through a surrogate.

The groundbreaking procedure was carried out on Thursday in Kenya on the northern white rhinos known as Najin and Fatu who cannot carry a pregnancy.

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Female northern white rhinos Najin, 30, left, and Fatu, 19, right, are the last two northern white rhinos on the planet (Ben Curtis/PA)

The joint effort by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Avantea, Dvur Kralove Zoo, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service saw a team of vets successfully harvest a total of 10 eggs from the rhinos.

The eggs are to be artificially inseminated with frozen sperm from a northern white rhino bull and then transferred to a southern white rhino surrogate mother.

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