|MadSci Network: Zoology|
As weird as the question might sound, it is still a valid one. It would be far too complicated a process to collect sperm surgically, as the animal would have to be anesthetized, incisions would have to be made, there would be a danger of postoperative infection, etc. No, it's much easier, and more convenient, to collect sperm...ah...shall we say, the natural way. By way of example, bull semen is collected by use of an "artificial cow." It is, quite literally, a large mock-up cow, with a man inside; sort of a "Trojan cow". A bull is exposed to the scent of a female in season, and when he's quite excited, he is then presented with the artificial cow. The bull then does exactly what a bull likes to do in that situation. Inside the artificial cow, the man holds an artificial vagina connected to a sterile bag. He simply lets the bull do its thing.
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