A cloned cow attacked its “creator” last week, inflicting injuries on the world-renowned embryologist, who will need eight weeks of medical treatment.
Prof. Park Se-pill at Jeju National
University in South Korea had five of his ribs broken and injured his spine in the attack. “Park was video-recording a black cow, which he
cloned from species indigenous to Jeju four years ago, and all of a sudden, it
charged and attacked him for 15 minutes,” a school official
“The 800-kilogram black cow is very strong because its
cell donor was the best available. Park could not escape easily because he wore
a special suit and long boots. He is now being treated at the university
In 2009, Park cloned
the black cow from a frozen cell, which was taken from a deceased animal as part
of cloning work to technically “revive” the dead cow through the newly born
clone. The 54-year-old said that the cow is now in a barn and no special measure will be taken despite the incident. “We didn’t
have the cow neutered because we have to check its virility. Hence, it often
gets very restless,” Park said.