Urine Collection and Analysis
Nikki gets a bath every morning to keep her fresh & clean. During this time, keepers are usually able to collect her urine sample.
Collecting urine is important to keep track of the health of the pregnancy. The samples help us monitor hormone levels without having to draw blood. Rhino’s are big wimps when it comes to little needles, so non-invasive testing is always the better option for them.
Good news again today from Dr. Stoops – this morning’s test indicates that Nikki is still producing high levels of progesterone, and that comes from the placenta & the baby. Everything looks great! Early in the pregnancy, we did hormone testing every week. Now it’s about twice a month.