ADA, the female rhinoceros kept at Bratislava Zoo, is still not pregnant. Recent examinations confirmed that 23-year old Ada is not expecting her first baby despite attempts at artificial insemination in January, zoologist Martin Krug told the SITA newswire.
The good news is that she remains healthy and that the preparations she underwent before artificial insemination have improved her menstrual cycle.
“Now, she is in heat regularly every month; before, it was just once or twice a year,” Krug said.
The changes in the female rhino have not gone unnoticed by her male companion, aged 25. The animals have gradually changed their mutual behaviour. In contrast with the past, when the female often refused to let the male get too close, and both used to be aggressive, they have shown more affection for each other.
Both rhinos often spend their time close together and also communicate when the female is not in heat. During the last two weeks, the male has tried to mate three times.
“Perhaps a natural insemination could be successful,” Krug said.
21. Jul 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports