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An alliance of Eastern-European boffins has achieved what they describe as a "landmark technique for AI". The I in this case, however, stands not for Intelligence but Insemination, and the breakthrough is the the world's first live birth achieved using frozen rhinoceros semen. Now that's what we call a (possibly literally) …


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  1. oxo


    I'm thinking that I'd not want to be the one tasked with collecting the sperm..

  2. Anonymous Coward

    A little reading matter to assist you sir ?

    "made use of "semen collected from a 35-36 year-old Southern white rhinoceros" resident in the UK's Colchester Zoo some years previously, which had been frozen and stored"

    One assumes it's the semen, not the rhino that's been frozen ;o)

    Can I nominate Rebecca Loos to assist as I believe she has the requisite skills on her ...errm .. CV.

  3. Dave


    I know Rhinos are horny creatures, but I'm wondering not so much about who would collect the semen but how they'd go about collecting it. I'm also wondering whether I really want to know.

    I almost picked the coat icon but I'm not sure I'd want to find out what's in the pockets.

  4. Markie Dussard


    Bend your imagination to the idea that bull semen is routinely collected for artificial insemination in agriculture, and then extrapolate using the concept that a rhino is just a bigger, stronger bull.

    Hey presto, the thinking is complete and the mental energy required wasn't all that great after all.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    getting a giggle just thinking about it

    I knew there was such thing as bovine artificial insemination but, not coming from an agricultural background, didn't really understand how it was done. Then one evening I saw, of all things, a comedy special with Buddy Hackett wherein he related a story about artificially inseminating a cow (from both ends of the process). I nearly peed myself from laughing so hard.

  6. Pyros


    Not if you've seen a live showing of "milking" thoroughbreds before... *shudders*

  7. MadonnaC
    Paris Hilton


    I'm sure there's some segment of the population where someone could produce a double profit - selling the sperm, and the video of the action

    Paris: Because there's probably already a video out there

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I seem to recall

    When I was at uni, the first thing that we were told in AI lectures was "never talk to agrics about AI, just don't."

  9. Daniel B.

    You tricked me!

    And I was wondering how Artificial Intelligence could be related with bull sperm...

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