An Animal Was Recently Cloned Out of Extinction, But Not For Long


Pyrenean Ibex

Pyrenean Ibex

Did you know they actually cloned an extinct animal back to life, but only for seven minutes. The Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) also known locally as bucardo was a species of wild goat native to northern Spain and southern France. It was very abundant in the middle ages but the population rapidly declined in the 19th and 20th century due to hunting and habitat lost to domestic grazing animals. In 2000 the Pyrean ibex was declared extinct.

The Clonning Project
Scientists planned to de-extinct the animal, but only succeeded for seven minutes. A surrogate mother of a different species did give birth to a clone of the Pyrenean ibex in 2009, but the clone died within minutes of being born.

My thoughts
They were so close! I feel bad for the little guy, but this technology could be important in the future and is worth pursuing as long as the scientists are mindful of being as humane as possible.

Although There is at least one real problem with the idea that we can just bring an animal back from extinction and it will thrive and survive in our world. That animal went extinct for a reason. The first step is to figure how to prevent species from going extinct in the first place, then we can worry about bringing them back. For example we couldn’t just bring the Pyrenean ibex back and release it into its native range, it would just go extinct again.

Tasmanian Tiger

Tasmanian Tiger

Potential use for cloning extinct animals
There are Some animals that could potentially be brought back from extinction and reintroduced into the wild with no problems, these are animals such as the Dodo, passenger pigean, and the thylascine(tasmanian tiger). They went extinct primarily due to over hunting. All we would have to do is create a strict poaching law and enforce it.

Conclusion
This technology is amazing, it’s the type of stuff we have been seeing in scifi movies since we were kids. I believe There will be a time and a place for this type of technology and working on it now will help us get there faster, but the more imminent issue is protecting nature and all the species we currently share this planet with.