Helping Nature Along

by John Derbyshire

Something to watch here over your morning coffee & donuts: How to artificially inseminate a rhino.

“Rhinos do not always breed naturally for different reasons,” the narrator tells us in that affectless Teutono-Scandinavian accent that always seems to accompany stories of this kind. (“We’ve got a team coming over from Germany . . . they’re world experts . . .”)

I’ll hazard a guess as to one of those reasons: Rhinos are really, stupendously, U-G-L-Y. And even by rhino standards, 33-year-old Nuwana, lame and one-eyed, with a wonky upper horn, can’t have been getting too many dates.