This picture taken in June 2018 reveals the world’s first cloned cow named Kaga. (Kyodo) KANAZAWA, Japan (Kyodo)– The world’s first cloned cow has actually died of old age at a research center in main Japan at the age of 21 years and 3 months, local authorities said Thursday.
The cow, called Kaga, who died Wednesday at the Ishikawa prefectural animals research center, was the female twin of Noto, who passed away in May last year. The average life-span of a cow is about 20 years.
The cloned animals were born in July 1998 in a joint research study with Kindai University. Researchers utilized the technology used to clone Britain’s sheep Dolly, the world’s first cloned adult animal born in 1996.
By 2006, a total of 14 cloned cows had been produced in Ishikawa, but the research study was cut back after the circulation of cloned cow meat was restricted in Japan in 2009. The cattle have actually been kept to study the lifespan of cloned cows.
Kaga had actually been having a hard time to stand on its own from late September and had been receiving dietary supplements together with an anti-inflammatory drip to its legs. The cloned cow might no longer stand in early October and was noticable dead on Wednesday.