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.