Wild horse born at Smithsonian facility

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photo courtesy of Doloros Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Photos were released on Thursday of a female Przewalski's horse that was born on July 27. According to scientists with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, it's the first of the wild horse species to be born via artificial insemination.

The filly is in good health and bonding with its mother, Anne.

Scientists say Anne was born at SCBI and is the daughter of a mare imported from Europe. She is also "the most genetically valuable stallion in the U.S.," they say. 

This is the first time Anne has given birth. "She had a normal pregnancy that lasted 340 days, and the foaling lasted less than 10 minutes. I've raised a lot of foals and other hoofed stock over the years, but this filly feels like an extra-special triumph for us and her species," said supervisory biologist Dolores Reed in a press release on Thursday.

The filly's father, Agi, also lives at SCBI, according to scientists.

Officials say the Przewalski's horse is considered the last wild horse.

See photos here are courtesy of Doloros Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. *If you're on the iPad app, then click the VIDEO button to see the gallery.

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