First experimental evidence of a sexually transmitted infection in a wild animal population

The occurrence of sexually transmitted infections has been confirmed in a number of domestic animal species, and in some wild species in captivity. However, experimental proof has been lacking in wild animals in nature. Researchers from the Veterinary Medicine University Vienna and France have now succeeded in demonstrating this for the first time in a wild species, the black-legged kittiwake, a seabird, by blocking insemination experimentally using a simple ring fitted around the cloaca. Females infected with the newly discovered sexually transmitted pathogen suffered lower hatching success and invested more effort in reproduction to compensate for the loss.

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