Fighting bull cloned for first time in Spain
The newborn calf, named Got, is an exact replica of a muscular, horned bull.
Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM
SEEING DOUBLE: Got, the country's first cloned Spanish fighting bull, is seen hours after being born at a ranch in Melgar de Yuso on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. (Photo/I. Lopez/AP)
Scientists in Spain say they have cloned a fighting bull for the first time.
Vicente Torrent, a specialist in veterinary genetics, says the newborn calf, named Got, is an exact replica of a muscular, horned specimen of the type matadors face in bullrings.
The animal was unveiled Wednesday, a day after being born. It now weighs 53 pounds (24 kilograms).
Torrent says his 17-man team is hopeful Got will exhibit the same fierce traits that made his genetic predecessor, Vasito, such a valuable specimen.
Animal cloning began in 1996 with Dolly the sheep. Torrent said it took three years of work to devise a means of preserving what he called valuable bull genes.
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