Did Lightning Kill "Millie?"
ABC News recently reported the tragic
end for the cloned cow known as "Millie." Millie (short
for millennium) was found dead in her pasture at the University
of Tennessee's Experiment Station in Knoxville. Researchers are
unsure of the exact cause of death, but have admitted that Millie's
death may have been from being stuck by lightning!
Millie was only nine months old and
was cloned from a top milk producing Jersey cow. She has the distinction
of being the first clone of a Jersey cow and the first using standard
Another possible cause of death may
be that Millie ate poisonous weeds; however, other cows in the same
pasture seem unaffected. Patricia Clark, spokeswoman for the university's
Institute of Agriculture says of Millie: "She was healthy and
fine and happy."
The cloning seems to have played no
part in this tragic and untimely death.