POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:45am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:49am
New Orleans, La (NBC33) — An adorable kitten was born at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, and represents a great achievement in reproductive technology made at the New Orleans at Audubon Nature Institute.
An African black-footed cat kitten was born February 6 to an ordinary domestic cat, making it the first of its kind to be born from inter-species embryo transfer.
This birth is a breakthrough in assisted reproduction for endangered species from Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans.
The kitten is the first of its species to be born to a different species surrogate mother via frozen/thawed embryo transfer using cryopreserved sperm.
“Just as technology races ahead in every other field today, the science of assisted reproduction for endangered species has come a long way since we opened Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in 1996. And now, another ‘first’ in the field renews our hope for the future,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We are proving this science works. We can provide high-tech options for many different species as the situation grows more and more critical for wildlife across the globe.”