Scientists Clone the First U.S. Endangered Species
They cloned a black-footed ferret
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, born Dec. 10 and announced Thursday, is cute as a button. But watch out — unlike the domestic ferret foster mom who carried her into the world, she’s wild at heart.
"You might have been handling a black-footed ferret kit and then they try to take your finger off the next day," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret recovery coordinator Pete Gober. "She's holding her own."
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