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historic foal: a purebred QH carried by a Molly mule

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by leashedForLife, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    this is a very rare birth -

    a sterile F mule was brought into pseudoestrus via estrogen, implanted with a QH embryo, given progesterone to maintain the pregnancy, & she foaled on her own, only needing a little help to get the 2nd forefoot out.
    The baby is up, nursing, & doing fine - dam & foal are unrelated, but they bonded prior to birth, like any other mother / infant pair. :)

    The significance of this is not "wow, we can make more horses!" or "let's breed mules as surrogates!", but that this success gives hope to sterile & aging endangered mammals - White Rhino, Indian Rhino, Sumatran Rhino, African Elephant - as their eggs or sperm can be used to make embryos for transfer into surrogate dams of non-threatened spp.

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