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Rare Donkey Born with Help from Illinois Veterinary Expert

Boston Globe (Oct. 1) – A donkey belonging to a rare and imperiled French breed known as Baudet du Poitou was conceived in lab-like conditions at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

The ambitious insemination was led by the University of Illinois’ Igor Canisso, a world-renowned theriogenologist, or specialist in animal reproduction. Unlike cows, donkeys are notoriously difficult to artificially inseminate. Tougher still when you’re using frozen sperm, as the thawing process can cause cell damage, making it problematic for the most skilled animal reproduction specialists.

“I am addicted to challenging clinical cases,” Canisso said in a statement from the veterinary college.