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Research Article

Histological Description of the Testis, Epididymis and Ductus Deferens of the Northern Great Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus giganteus)

Wael Khamas1*, Mohamed Al-Tikriti2, Mohanad Albayati3, Suzana Tkalcic1 and Curtis Eng4

1College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766, USA

2College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766, USA

3Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Al-America, Baghdad-Iraq

4Head Veterinarian, LA Zoo Health center, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Wael Khamas
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Received Date: September 16, 2014; Accepted Date: October 16, 2014; Published Date: October 18, 2014

Citation: Khamas W, Al-Tikriti M, Albayati M, Tkalcic S, Eng C (2014) Histological Description of the Testis, Epididymis and Ductus Deferens of the Northern Great Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus giganteus). J Cytol Histol 5:287. doi:10.4172/2157-7099.1000287

Copyright: © 2014 Khamas W, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The Tunica albuginea surrounding the testis of the great grey kangaroo was thick and there were large number of Leydig cells present in between the seminiferous tubules. These findings were the striking features among other histological findings of an 18 year old kangaroo which was kept in captivity in Los Angeles zoo all his life. Eighteen year old great grey kangaroo testes, epididymis and ductus deferens were collected and processed using standard histologic techniques. The animal was kept all his life in captivity in LA zoo. Two different stains were used to differentiate tissues and cells. Histological characteristics of all organs under study were found to be similar to other animal species of younger age with few striking exceptions. The Tunica albuginea was very thick and large number of Leydig cells was present between the seminiferous tubules. Animals in captivity with excellent care and veterinary services will continue to be fertile and actively producing sperms when compared to animals of the same age live in the wild.

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