A San Diego PETA activist claims that she has successfully impregnated herself with the semen of a gorilla with the hope of saving the endangered species.
Molly Heather, 23, a former biologist at the San Diego Zoo, claims she took hundreds of specimens of semen of the animal while at work and tried to impregnate herself unsuccessfully for many years.
Heather claims she was unsuccessful until she realized she could use in-vitro fertilization (IVF), the process of combining gorilla semen with gorilla eggs to create an embryo, and successfully impregnate herself.
“For many years, I tried rubbing gorilla sperm on my vagina with no success, until I realized I could be a surrogate mother to the animal, using gorilla semen and eggs through in vitro fertilization,” she told reporters.
“The Central Africa Eastern Gorilla is critically in danger of extinction and I believe cross-species hybridization is the only way to save the species,” she told reporters.
Some experts have denied the claims as a hoax and a “physical impossibility” claiming that the embryo would be rejected by the human host’s immune system.
“I am a proud lesbian and have never had sex with a man in my life. I am pregnant today with the embryo of George’s semen and Camilla’s eggs, two San Diego Zoo gorillas,” she added during the press conference.
Heather did not deny allegations that she has had full-on sexual intercourse with the male gorilla after it was revealed that she was fired in 2018 for inappropriate behavior but said that she did it to help preserve the species and not for sexual gratification.
Central Africa’s Eastern Gorilla is critically endangered as its population has followed a steep decline of more than 70% in the last two decades.