Cincinnati Zoo Prepares for World’s First AI Indian Rhino Birth

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CINCINNATI – Anticipation is mounting behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where an 18-year-old pregnant Indian rhinoceros named “Nikki” is expected to give birth in approximately 60 days. {Recent video of Nikki can be seen here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szFiXbzYpEQ}

Not only will this be the world’s first birth of an endangered Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination (AI), but it will also be the world’s first Indian rhino produced with frozen-thawed sperm.  The father, “Vinu”, is…