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1st clone of US endangered species, a ferret, announced

Cloned Ferret
Cloned Ferret
Posted at 8:02 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 23:02:36-05

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago.

The slinky predator named Elizabeth Ann was born in a Colorado facility Dec. 10 and announced Thursday.

Elizabeth Ann is a genetic copy of a ferret named Willa who died in 1988 and whose remains were frozen in the early days of DNA technology.

The technique holds promise for boosting endangered species including a cloned Mongolian wild horse born at a Texas facility last summer.

Viagen, a company that clones horses and pet dogs and cats, cloned both animals.