May 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Banteng , also known as Tembadau, is a species of wild cattle found in Southeast Asia. It is a shy animal resembling a domestic cow. It grows to a height of 1.5 to 1.75 m (60 to 69 inches) and weighs 600 – 800 kg (1,300 – 1,800 lb). It has a slight ridge on the back, a white rump, white stockings on the legs, and slender curving horns. The bulls are dark brown or black, and cows and young ones are reddish brown.
The banteng is kept as a domestic animal in some areas. These are called “Bali cattle” and they feed on grasses, bamboo, fruit, leaves and young branches. They have also been introduced to Northern Australia where they live wild.
The Banteng is the second endangered species to be successfully cloned and the first to survive for more than a week. (Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, MA, U.S., and San Diego Zoo.) Incidentally, it was born on 1st April. 2003. I don’t know if it is still kept at that zoo. It is also arguable whether we should be cloning animals.