August 20, 2004
The National Aquarium announced yesterday that it will make major changes in its dolphin breeding program - a month after an ailing 4-month- old dolphin died the day she was roughed up by two adult dolphins. The aquarium is considering shipping adult male dolphins to other facilities, abandoning the importation of adult males for breeding and switching instead to artificial insemination for its next generation of calves. Aquarium officials said that none of the options is final, but that all are likely candidates.
September 12, 2011
Happy birthday cuties! Panda cubs Po and De De discover and then devour the cake made to celebrate their first birthday. The cubs were partying during celebration in their honor this month at the Madrid Zoo. The panda cubs were born on September 7, 2010 in Madrid. They are the first giant panda twins to be born by artificial insemination outside China.
February 20, 1991
Current law states:"A person may not be required to perform or participate in, orefer to any source for, any medical procedure that results in artificial insemination, sterilization, or termination of pregnancy."Law enacted by General Assembly and signed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer states:"A person may not be required to perform or participate in any medical procedure that results in artificial insemination, sterilization, or termination of pregnancy."*The new law, said Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg, D-Baltimore, abortion-rights advocate, "strikes the proper balance between the religious beliefs between every health practitioner of this state and the medical obligations of that health practitioner."
March 15, 1993
The racehorse breeding industry -- both thoroughbred an Standardbred -- has taken a beating recently due to unfavorable economic conditions, but Jim Steele of Shamrock Farms is tackling the problem.Steele, manager of Shamrock Farms in Westminster, a breeding facility for Standardbreds and thoroughbreds, thought that the time had come for Shamrock to capitalize on its assets."With the shrinking thoroughbred market, I wanted us to become a full-service breeding station," Steele said recently.
February 3, 2004
Anna and Dolly - the Baltimore's Zoo's beloved elephants - are sending out valentines this year in hopes that people will open their hearts and their wallets with $285,000 needed by Valentine's Day to help the zoo reach its $1 million fund-raising goal and to obtain a $1 million matching grant. The zoo has received $715,000 from individuals and businesses since announcing in November that it was laying off 20 workers, reducing its collection by 400 animals and shipping Dolly and Anna to another zoo on a "breeding loan."
February 13, 1992
DR. CECIL JACOBSON is on trial this week in federal court in Alexandria, Va. He was indicted on 53 counts of fraud and perjury.The 55-year-old general practitioner faces these charges not because he bilked Medicaid or practiced with a phony medical degree. Dr. Jacobson is alleged to have used his own sperm 75 times to artificially inseminate women without telling them or anyone else that he was the donor. He also stands accused of administering hormones to women to falsely convince them that they were pregnant.