Scientists are up to some pretty tricky tricks these days. They implanted an embryo of the critically endangered African Black-footed Cat into a regular housecat… and out popped a little rare black-footed kitten! Zooborns has the full story:

“An adorable newborn kitten at Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species represents an innovation in reproductive technology pioneered in New Orleans at Audubon Nature Institute. An African Black-footed Cat kitten was born February 6, 2012, to an ordinary domestic cat, becoming the first of its kind to be born from inter-species embryo transfer.

This birth is the latest breakthrough in assisted reproduction for endangered species from Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans.”

Continue reading the rest of the story over at Zooborns if you’d like!