Darwin didn't count on sperm banks
The lion is king of the jungle, most noble of wild beasts, right? Well, it turns out there's been a lot of incest in the royal family lately. Researchers from Tanzania to South Africa have found that rampant inbreeding among lion prides has hurt their ability to reproduce and fight disease.
African lions are far from extinct; but, given their poor choice of mates, South Africa's Wildlife Breeding Centre wants to give natural selection a little push by introducing artificial insemination to lions, reports the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.