MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: artificial insemination

Area: Zoology
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Staff Chemist, Avid Therapeutics,Philadelphia, PA
Date: Tue Jul 15 16:54:56 1997
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 867210776.Zo
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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