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Cells at San Diego Zoo lead to cloning of endangered horse

Endangered Horse Cloned
Posted at 4:54 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 19:54:23-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Little Kurt looks like any other baby horse as he frolics playfully in his pen.

But the 2-month-old, dun-colored colt is actually a clone. He was created by fusing cells taken from an endangered Przewalski’s horse at the San Diego Zoo in 1980.

The cells were infused with an egg from a domestic horse that gave birth to Kurt two months ago.

The baby boy was named for Kurt Benirschke, a founder of the San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo, where thousands of cell cultures are stored.

Scientists hope Kurt will help restore the Przewalski’s population, which numbers only about 2,000.