Rare rhinos given animal VIAGRA to help them conceive a zoo baby

Animal viagra: Rumbull and Rumba

Animal viagra: Rumbull and Rumba

Two rhinos struggling to conceive naturally at a zoo are to be given animal viagra.

The southern white rhinoceros, Rumbull and Rumba, have become long-term partners after spending more than a decade at the animal centre.

They are now reaching sexual maturity but the 14-year-old pair have so far failed to conceive naturally.

Keepers at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall, North Somerset, are now hoping to speed up the process by giving them an aphrodisiac.

Specialists are considering giving the large mammals a special feed pellet high in b-carotene, a compound thought to help reproductive success in rhinos.

Keeper, Emma Green, is also monitoring dung samples for oestrogen levels, the female sex hormone linked with reproductive cycles, to analyse Rumba’s fertility.

She aid: “I’ve got to know Rumba and Rumbull’s habits well over the past few years as I work so closely with them.

“There’s a noticeable change in their behaviour recently, sure signs of reaching sexual maturity – it’s interesting in particular watching Rumbull as he becomes more dominant.

“We hope they choose to breed when they’re ready, and then we will have another mouth to feed.”

Rhino have a gestation period of 15 months – one of the longest pregnancies in the animal kingdom after elephants which take 22 months.

There are two subspecies of white rhinos – southern white rhinoceros and the northern white rhinoceros.

There are an estimated 17,460 southern white rhino in the wild, making them by far the most abundant subspecies of rhino in the world.

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