China Is Building An Animal Cloning Factory

The worlds largest animal cloning factory is currently under construction in northeast China. The facility, which is a joint Chinese-Korean venture, is being set up as a means to satisfy an increase in China’s demand for beef, with the eventual aim to turn out a million cattle a year. It also has plans to produce sniffer dogs destined for both the police force and customs agencies, as well as cloning successful racehorses and pets for members of the public.

The 200 million yuan ($31 million, 20.8million) facility is located in the industrial city of Tianjin, with construction expected to be completed by 2016. Its initial focus will be on producing 100,000 cow embryos a year to try and meet the growing demand in China for high-quality Japanese beef. Eventually,it plans to step this up to a millionembryoschurned out annually. The factory’splans,however,have been met by some with skepticism and concern.

The new center will consist of a 15,000-square-meter (161,500-square-foot)cloning lab, a gene bank, animal center, and a scientific and educational installation.It will not only provide services to the agricultural and business sector,theyalso want to use their facilities and expertise in the field of conservation and to help save endangered species. Xu Xiao-chun, chief executive of the company BoyaLife that is building the project, suggestedin 2014 that they might be able to produce the worlds first cloned panda.

The factory is being built in partnership with the South Korean company Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, which has been cloning pet dogs for private customers since 2005. Costing around $100,000 (66,500) eachand with a six-month waiting list, you can send off a tissue sample of your beloved pooch and get a clone back in return. The company has managed to perfect the dog cloning technique, producing around 550 puppies over the decade. Sooam is headed by the controversial Hwang Woo-suk, who in 2006 was disgraced after it was claimed he had fabricated his research purporting to show the first successful cloning of a human embryo.

This new industrial facility comes as China continues to assert its dominance in the field of cloning, something that the country has been doing for the last 15 years. There is already a commercial cloning factory for pigs in southern China, where they perform two embryo implantations every day, turning out an impressive 500 animals each year. But the new one being built in Tianjin is on another scale all together, one which they hope will lead the way in cloning.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/worlds-largest-animal-cloning-factory-under-construction-china-0

This Worried Pup Couldn’t Find Her Toy, So She Went Searching Everywhere!

This adorable golden retriever is obsessed with her teddy bear. So much so that when her favorite toy isn’t by her side she gets awfully worried.

To test just how much she loves her teddy, the dog’s owners set up a little sting operation to see if they could catch her on camera searching for (and possibly rescuing) the stuffed toy.

How cute was that?! It’s like she’s got a little homing beacon in her teddy for extreme situations like this.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/teddy-rescue/

Yes, Dogs Also Have Best Friends! I Want To Show You My Golden Retriever Mali’s Friends

I am an 35 year old amateur photographer from Germany and I love to take pictures of my dog.

My Golden Retriever named Mali has a few best friends. They play together, they cuddle together and it’s a pleasure to watch them. I want to show you some impressions and I hope you will like it the same as I do.

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/golden-retriever-mali-and-his-best-friends-gabi-stickler/

This Skydiving Dachshund Proves Some Dogs Are Tougher Than They Look (Photos)

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Normally, when we think of fierce, fearless dogs, the bigger, tougher breeds, like pit bulls or Rottweilers come to mind. Dachshunds, not so much.

Well, Riley, a 4-year-old dachshund from San Francisco just turned the tables on everyone’s ideas of what “tough” means. He jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet with his owner, Nathan Batiste.

That’s right: The pup went skydiving.

Batiste, 38, a seasoned skydiver, has made the plunge over 400 times but wanted to make his latest jump a little more special.

He had special goggles made for his puppy pal, strapped the little guy to his chest with a custom-made harness and jumped out of the plane.

According to Batiste, Riley loved his first-ever jump — so much so that the pair is already planning to do it again in the future.

Who needs goggles anyway.

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That smile doesn’t lie: Riley is having the time of his life.

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Here’s a picture of the pup and his owner from 13,000 feet:

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There’s no turning back:

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At least the humans have something to hold on to:

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Close-up of the daring pooch:

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Riley posing in his specially made “doggles:”

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Safely back on the ground:

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Watch the full video here:

H/T: Daily Mail

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/skydiving-dog/757148/

Handicapped Dog Shuttles Around Her Bestie Who Can’t See Or Hear

The Beatles had it right when they sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends…”

And if any two friends know this to be true, it’s Susie the blind and deaf pup and her sidekick Holly. Holly is paralyzed in her hind legs, but that doesn’t stop the two from being positively inseparable.

Watch how they get around — it’s absolutely adorable!

Their mom, Norma Miedema, is so proud of her adorable babies that she constantly posts videos and photos of them on her Facebook.

How cute are they?!

See even more of their adorableness here:

These two cuties live on a farm with tons of other rescued animals. If you’d like to help Miedema out with her expenses, you can find out more information on her site here and her Facebook. (Warning: they’re unfortunately in Dutch.)

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/best-animal-friends/

26 Adorable Pets Who Are Super Worried About Everything Right Now

The world is a constantly confusing place for our silly, fuzzy friends. Though there are some who find the strength to brave all the mysteries of life with reckless abandon, there are plenty of others who would much rather tread lightly.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a little bit timid. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as they say. However, these hilarious cats and dogs take that nervous nature to a whole new level with their adorably worried faces.

1. “What if the other dogs at the park don’t like me?”

2. “I have to bark at the bird outside! It’s a matter of life or death!”

3. “Are they giving me away to someone? Did I do something bad??”

4. “You remembered the baggies, right?”

5. “Why is everything so big and scary?”

6. Maybe she should be a little more worried…

7. “You okay in there, buddy? Can I get you anything?”

8. “What if I never catch my tail?”

9. “Tell my wife I love her.” – this dog on his way to the bath

10. “Mouse? Eek! You handle it!”

11. “You’re not contagious, are you?”

12. “Um, speed limit, ever hear of it?”

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13. “How is she not drowning?” “I don’t know, dude, but we better keep watch.”

14. “I can’t help but notice all the bacon is almost gone and I still haven’t had any.”

15. “I should not have eaten all that grass.”

16. “You almost forgot me.”

17. “That burrito looks like a lot for one person.”

18. “What if I’m not the good boy?”

19. “I saw a scary movie that started just like this once.”

20. “Oh, so…we’re keeping this thing?”

21. “No, not the vacuum monster again!”

22. “Please, I beg of you: use the gentle cycle.”

23. “…what have I been doing with my life?”

24. “That smell wasn’t me, I swear!”

25. “Curiosity did what to the cat??”

26. “Shots? Needles? But…why? Did I do something wrong?”

Aw, it’s alright, little dudes. You just want to make sure everything is smooth sailing. Besides, bravery is totally overrated.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/worried-pets-worry/

This Dog Was Running An Agility Course When All Of A Sudden — Oh Jeez

I’m always amazed by the dogs that run flawlessly through an agility course. My awe is mostly because my dog only comes or sits when she really wants to.

Another reason for my amazement is that they aren’t distracted by anything. For most pups, the allure of bacon, a squirrel, or even a tennis ball couldn’t stray them from their path.

Then again, sometimes a higher calling takes hold…

Wait for it…

When you gotta go, you gotta go. No questions asked!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/agility-course/