Clone Wolf: Arctic Wolf Pup Is World's First Clone From Species

Chinese firm Sinogene have announced they have created the world's first cloned Arctic wolf. The pup was delivered by a beagle on 10 June this year. According to Mi Jidong, chairman and general manager of Sinogene the little wolf is in good physical condition. It is believed to be the first case in the world - and could help save the endangered species. As one of the endangered species in the world, the Arctic wolf was included in the 2012 Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In order to save endangered animals and protect biodiversity, Sinogene and Harbin Polar Park started a research cooperation on Arctic wolf cloning in 2020. Zhao Jianping, vice president of Sinogene, said that the donor cells for cloning the Arctic wolf came from a skin sample of a wild Arctic wolf named "Maya" introduced in Harbin Polar Park while the surrogate mother is a beagle. "We transfer activated cloned embryos into the uterus of the beagle to fertilize it, and the beagle gave birth to a healthy Arctic wolf pup," Jianping said.