It's the miracle of life as few get a chance to witness and the result will be a brand new colt or filly, born through modern science. Imagine the excitement once this 11 month pregnancy actually produces a baby!
Science got this horse pregnant, but she will give birth when she's darned good and ready! Meet "My Special Girl," the 11 year old teaching mare at the New Bolton Center, whose shaved tummy and baby bump hint at the internet sensation she's about to become.
Foal Cam will be there to record every minute of the action, when she gives birth to a bouncing baby horse sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Right now, she's just kind of standing around. Doctor Regina Turner is the reproductive specialists who will help this miracle of life happen.
"We're really excited about the chance to have people see a window into what we do," Turner said.
My Special Girl was impregnated using a rare technique called Intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
ICSU is designed to help horses with desirable bloodlines but problems with fertility, make babies!
"All the mare needs to do is provide us with one egg and we can, in theory, make a baby from her. And all the stallion needs to do is provide us with just a few sperm and we can make a baby from him," Turner said.
Sperm from a donor stallion is injected into the egg of a donor mare. That egg is cultured in a lab for eight or nine days.
"When it's put into the recipient mare, or the surrogate mare, it's developed to a stage where it can be easily placed in her uterus through her cervix, so there's no surgery involved. It's a very simple procedure. It doesn't bother the surrogate mare at all."
The folks at New Bolton have created a site that allows the curious to see the ultrasound of the new little filly or colt and of course, to watch mom-to-be, stand around and wait for nature to take its course.
Sometime in mid-March, the real action will begin.
"She might get sweaty, look at her side, she might roll in her stall- pace around a lot. Just act a little bit anxious," Turner said.
Just like a human mom!
The active labor time is between 20 to 30 minutes. That speedy delivery is key to survival in the wild. Take too long giving birth and you give predators a better chance to nab junior.
These births often occur overnight, but they're worth staying up for. The baby will be up on its spindly little legs within an hour, and a naming contest will follow the birth.