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Cloned laika dog supermum gives birth to her second litter of 7 puppies in 7 months

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 January 2020

Kerechene was laboratory-made in South Korea by scientists who also want to genetically engineer the return of the woolly mammoth.

'Seven puppies were born, two boys and five girls.' Picture: Dmitry Ivanov

The Siberian dog had a litter of seven puppies in May last year - and now she is proudly showing off her latest babies born on 1 January. 

'Seven puppies were born, two boys and five girls,’ said Dmitry Ivanov, member of Bayanay hunting club in Yakutia region.

'All of them are well, they were born strong.’

Kerechene and Belekh passed to Yakutia


Kerechene

Kerechene and Belekh with the team of Korean scientists (top). Kerechene in Yakutia (bottom). Pictures: YSIA

Two cloned dogs Kerechene and Belekh came to regional capital  Yakutsk from South Korea in June 2017. 

The test tube dogs were ‘born’ in Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul. 

Kerechene was brought to life by using a small fragment of her mother’s ear by South Korean scientists under Dr. Hwang Woo Suk who are also working on bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back from extinction. 

Kerechene with new pups


Kerechene with new pups


Kerechene with new pups


Kerechene with new pups


Kerechene with new pups


Kerechene with new pups

'All of them are well, they were born strong.’ Pictures: Dmitry Ivanov

They aim to use remnants of the hairy beasts preserved for thousands of years in the permanently ice-bound soil of Siberia. 

The latest puppies were born naturally after fertile Kerechene had a mate date with a laika in Namtsy district. 

'We will be giving the puppies away to hunters, one of them will go to Namtsy,’ said Dmitry. 

First puppies born in May 2019


First puppies born in May 2019

The Siberian dog had a litter of seven puppies in May 2019. Pictures: Yakutia24

The cloning was undertaken in a joint project with scientists from North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk.

Kerechene’s development is being studied for the purpose of genetic research.

The cloned were passed to Bayanay hunting club. 

Aged three month, Kerechene was introduced to her natural mother.

The latest puppies were born naturally after fertile Kerechene had a mate date with a laika in Namtsy district. Video: Dmitry Ivanov

Comments (3)

Waiting for the wooly mammoth, although I suspect a lot harder to do that to clone these puppies.
Steve, St. Louis, USA
28/01/2020 09:58
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as long as it is -only- with animals, suppose it is ok. but God forbid, they ever will try clone humans. who needs another Hitler, Stalin nor Pol Pot. On the other hand though, a second Mozart, James Dean or Marilyn Monroe, who will decide what is good or bad?
Morak Benedikt, Moscow
23/01/2020 08:04
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Cute Clones!
Hector, Mexico
22/01/2020 03:46
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