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9 lesser-known cloned animals

By: Katherine Butler on Nov. 23, 2011, 8:47 a.m.
African wildcat

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African wildcat

The African wildcat, which is found in Africa and the Middle East, is a bit smaller than its domestic counterpart. It is also one of the first wild species to be cloned. The Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species announced in 2005 that their cloned wildcats had bred and delivered two litters of kittens. "By improving the cloning process and then encouraging cloned animals to breed and make babies, we can revive the genes of individuals who might not be reproductively viable otherwise, and we can save genes from animals in the wild,” Dr. Betsy Dresser, who led the scientific team at the Audubon Center, said in a BBC article.