Dolly put to sleep.....

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  3. by   NurseShell
    ya know what? I read an article about that to my hubby and he was shocked that she was 6! It doesn't seem possible that she's been around that long!!

    Poor thing! She was only their pawn in the "cloning game".
  4. by   sanakruz
    She was suffering , Sad but just...
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I wonder if they are going to fire up the BBQ?
    -Russell
  6. by   tabbeycatt
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I wonder if they are going to fire up the BBQ?
    -Russell

    RUSTY!!!! You know you can't say that with all the animal lovers on this board. Shame Shame.


    I think it's a sad little story.
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I guess that was just the carnivore in me speaking.
    Sheep=Livestock
    -Russell
  8. by   Lausana
    Just imagine how much a sweater from her wool would rake in on e-bay :chuckle
  9. by   shygirl
    Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Hmm from what I heard, she has a host of problems throughout her life. I guess it was the humane thing to do.
  11. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I wonder if they are going to fire up the BBQ?
    -Russell
    She'd probably be all tough and stuff....mutton....:chuckle
  12. by   hapeewendy
    I think its sad really...
    pisses me off a smidge too
    some of these scientific folk need a lil more ethics , instead of sitting around the lab , gleefully coming up with plans to make frankensheep and other clones...
  13. by   CANRN
    Originally posted by hapeewendy
    I think its sad really...
    pisses me off a smidge too
    some of these scientific folk need a lil more ethics , instead of sitting around the lab , gleefully coming up with plans to make frankensheep and other clones...
    AMEN!!!!

    I read about Dolly when she was born and felt sad for her because her whole life was spent being examined and re-examined. Not normal at all. Poor thing, I'm glad she's out of her misery.
  14. by   RN2B2005
    Well, the thinking is that she died (or rather, became ill) so young because of her 'real' or cellular age--which would be 12, since her mum was 6 when Dolly was cloned.

    Granted, she did have a lung ailment common to older sheep--but it's also common to sheep kept indoors for long periods. Dolly spent her entire life inside a barn. Dolly was also plagued by arthritis in her rear legs and by obesity--both uncommon in sheep her age. However, the arthritis and tendency to obesity could be likewise explained away by unnatural influences--Dolly learned to stand on her hind legs and beg for snacks from visiting scientists and reporters.

    So she was performing activities and living under conditions not common to the life experiences of other sheep; I guess I find it hard to believe that these experiences didn't contribute more to her early demise than her being a clone did. Not that I'm an advocate of cloning--I'm not, but I do think Dolly was a rare success.

    They're going to be doing a postmortem on Monday, and then Russ can have his mutton. Mmm, mutton!

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