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Luna, Black-Footed Ferret. (c) Dave Foreman

Cloning of the First Black-Footed Ferret

The New York Times published a piece about the cloning of the first Black-Footed Ferret.   Named Elizabeth Ann, by her creators she appears to be a genuine Black-Footed Ferret.  She was created for a combination of organizations including the USFWS from the genes of 7 ferrets that died a while back without passing on their genetic information to others of their species.

Elizabeth Ann is quite adorable, and it’s hoped that she will be joined by other cloned individuals and eventually bred with other B-F Ferrets (from sperm of other B-F Ferrets) and it’s hoped that those offspring may be returned to the wild population to bolster the genetic variability of the wild population at the B-F Ferret Conservation Center near Ft. Collins, CO.

This is it in a nutshell.  For the full read and pictures of the cute little thing, here is the link: “Meet Elizabeth Ann, the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret.”

Speaking of ferrets, these photos are of the full moon release in the Janos Pradera in Chihuahua. One is me with my ferret in the cage about to be released though she tried to bite my fingers off. Once she got out and looked around in the moonlight, she saw a nearby prairie dog burrow and shot down it.  For the next 30 minutes it was just Luna (as I named her) and me and the full moon as she explored her new home.  Likely the most magical half-hour I’ve even experienced (well, maybe not counting the great Musk Ox quarter-mile dash).  (Featured Image above of Luna.) -Dave Foreman

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Dave releasing Luna, the Black-Footed Ferret. (c) Dave Foreman

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Jack Humphrey - February 24, 2021

Do we have any pictures of Dave Foreman releasing Smilodons?

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