For the first time in the school’s history, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) will broadcast live the birth of a special foal via a "Foal Cam" inside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa.

People across the country and around the world will have the opportunity to monitor the mare, My Special Girl, before the arrival of the foal, and witness the live birth. The live broadcast will be available around the clock on the Penn Vet website at www.vet.upenn.edu/foalcam beginning on Feb. 26, when My Special Girl enters the stall at the NICU. My Special Girl is due to foal in mid-March.

“We hope that sharing the birth of this foal will give the world a window into New Bolton Center, and showcase our caring clinicians and staff, and our expertise in reproduction and neonatal intensive care,” said Corinne Sweeney, DVM, Associate Dean of New Bolton Center.

Once the foal is born, Penn Vet will hold a naming contest.

This foal, in particular, represents the first successful pregnancy by Penn Vet using the advanced reproductive technique intracytoplasmic sperm injection (known as ICSI) which involves injecting a single sperm into a mature egg. This ICSI embryo was transferred to My Special Girl in early April 2013.

“My Special Girl’s pregnancy is the first of what we hope will be many ICSI pregnancies created right here at Penn,” said Regina Turner, VMD