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South Africa unveils test-tube buffalo, plans IVF rhino

General September 28, 2016

A Cape Buffalo rests with her newborn calf born at a zoo in PretoriaBy Ziyanda Yono MARBLE HALL, South Africa (Reuters) – Almost 40 years after the first human test-tube baby was born, South African scientists have produced something bulkier: the first Cape buffalo brought into the world by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Pumelelo the buffalo bull calf was born on June 28 and was unveiled to the world this week at a game farm north of Johannesburg in South Africa's Limpopo province. The technique holds hope for far bigger and more endangered species such as the northern white rhino – only three of them are left on the planet.


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