Fri 02-27-98 12:10 pm

‘MENAGE A SQUAWK’: UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS GET HANDS ON TO HELP OSTRICH MATE

JERUSALEM, Israel (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Researchers in Israel have come up with a novel solution to low fertility rates at ostrich farms – they’re getting the farmers involved in the mating act.

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem say ostrich often develop sexual feelings for their owners and will start mating as soon as they see or hear the ostrich farmer.

The researchers say farmers can increase fertility rates by participating in a sort-of menage a trois with their birds by shouting “Come on, Come on!” while the ostrich are in the mating pen.

Hebrew University has also formulated a technique for farmers to collect ostrich sperm in a test tube during the reproductive act – just in case the verbal egging on is unsuccessful.

Ostrich reproduction is a serious issue because Israel is the world’s second largest producer of ostrich meat and leather.

Interestingly, ostrich meat isn’t kosher, so the farmers are forbidden by Jewish law to even sample the fruit of their vocal labors.

CONTACT: Dr. Israel Rozenboim, Arrange thru Jackie Johnson; NYC; (212) 355-****

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