A foal named Mouse is another first for Texas A&MUniversity College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.
But this isn't just your average foal, according to a news release from the university -- this is the first such clone in the world.
“I’ve always liked having three horses to ride,” said Kit Knotts, proud owner of Mouse. “I called and e-mailed breeders to spread the word that I was looking. Everything I could turn up was either too small, too young, too old, not quite sound, etc. I realized I didn’t want just another horse to have another body in the barn, I wanted another Marc.”
Marc is Knotts' prized Lippizan stallion, and that is what lead her to Texas A&M.
What makes this foal different from other cloned foals is it was produced using oocytes, or eggs from live mares, much like a woman would go through in vitro fertilization. The process was two years in the making.