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Lion's reverse vasectomy spawns new hope for the species

Friday, May 05, 2017 - 01:09

In a world first, two lion cubs are born in a Chile zoo after a successful reversed vasectomy. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Meet Maucho, Masai and their two cubs....residents of Santiago's Buin Zoo, and pioneers of modern veterinary medicine. Maucho and Masai were once circus lions with a limited future. A vasectomy had rendered Maucho unable to produce offspring. But last year, he underwent a reversal procedure...the first successful surgery of its type for a lion anywhere in the world. The procedure took months of planning and five hours in the operating room. And it paid off this spring. Maucho and Masai's new cubs were introduced this week, three months after they were born. Zoo director Ignacio Idalsoaga says he's excited by the possibilities. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ZOO DIRECTOR, DR IGNACIO IDALSOAGA, SAYING: "Lions in the world are disappearing naturally and today we are going back and starting at reproduction, thinking that the children and nephews of this couple could return to Africa at any minute." It's a prospect he hopes will see populations in the wild come roaring back.

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Lion's reverse vasectomy spawns new hope for the species

Friday, May 05, 2017 - 01:09