What is artificial insemination in livestock?
In the November 2016 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist, one of the articles discusses artificial insemination, or AI, in reindeer!
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Valentine's Day Spotlight: Swans!
The swan is arguably one of the most majestic animals. These beautiful birds are known for their relation to the Queen of England in the U.K. and for elegantly wading in many famous park fountains. With bright white feathers and midnight black beaks, swans are unmistakable. In America there are three species of swans: the Trumpeter, the Tunda and the non-native species called the Mute. The Trumpeter is the largest waterfowl species in America and has a wingspan of up to 8 feet. The swan is one of few animal species that develop a lifelong mate. For this reason, swans have become a symbol of love. In reality, this partnership helps swans to maximize the number of young born and raised. It allows the female to comfortably incubate her eggs while the male guards and fights off any predators. Once their young hatch, the male and female are able to fight as a team. For these reasons, it is important to never disturb swans. They will likely misinterpret your curiosity as a threat and attack. Swans have also been deemed a symbol of love because the Mute swan makes a perfect heart with its mate during courtship. Swans typically find their partner at around 3 years old and begin building their nest. The male swan is known as the “cob” while the female is called a “pen”. After the nest is fully built, the pen lays a total of 3 to 9 eggs. When these eggs hatch, the young swan, or cygnet, is born with grayish feathers.
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Yellowstone National Park Trumpeter Swans