According to a UCLA press release, their researchers have created a crossbreed of cat and a dog. Apparently, after 6 years of development, the doctors at UCLA’s biology department has created a new species (picture at right). Does this mean the end of having to select between a cat and a dog?
“This development represents a huge leap forward in genetics,” said Dr. Brian McDowell, the professor that headed the research team of 3 scientists. The new female animal, nicknamed “Cag” does not yet have a species designation and it is not known if it can reproduce. Dr. McDowell said the team was working on a male version, to be named “Dat”. “We still have lots of unknowns,” he said.
Cag, born on May 12, 2005, was described as having the temperament of both cat and dog. Described as “aloof, yet totally loyal”, she uses a litter-box, yet chases tennis balls and understands more than a dozen commands. She also has the ability to land on her feet when dropped.
UCLA is looking to commercially develop this animal as a potential pet in the next 5 years. World peace is clearly at hand. Who will be the first celeb to have a “cag” in her purse?
More information after the jump.
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