The World's First Cloned Cat Gave Birth to Three Kittens

@psyclone (244)
December 17, 2006 5:12pm CST
The world's first cloned cat just became a mother -- and she even did it without test tubes. Copy Cat, who was cloned by Texas A&M University researchers in 2001, had three kittens in Bryan in September. “Mother and kittens are doing well,” said Duane Kraemer, an A&M veterinary medicine professor who helped clone her and has been taking care of her since. “They're cute and we thought people ought to know about the birth,'' “But we're hoping it doesn't cause the same frenzy CC did.'' CC got worldwide attention after she was cloned at Texas A&M, which has cloned more species - including cattle, swine, goats, horses and a deer - than any other institution in the world. The father is Smokey, a naturally born tabby who was brought in to mate with CC. In fact, mom and dad are both tabbies with different markings. Two of the kittens resemble their mother, while the third has a gray coat like his father. “CC is not the first cloned cat to give birth”, Kraemer said. In New Orleans, two cloned wild African cats successfully mated to produce kittens. Kraemer, whose cloning experiments produced CC, said he intends to keep all of the kittens. His wife, Shirley Kraemer, said the kittens are healthy and just as playful as CC was when she was a kitten. source
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• India
19 Dec 06
wow......nice information