Vladmir Putin, leader of the “Motherland” (that’s Russia to us), gets up to a lot of strange activities. For example, rather than focusing on things that matter, he prefers to waste time building giant robots, or scaring everyone by playing army and pretending nukes are inbound for Moscow. To add to this, he now plays God and has his own brand of cloned attack Dogs.
These military pooches were cloned and gifted to Russia by a South Korean scientist for the Russian Police and security services, and were specifically bred to sniff out explosives and drugs. Each dog has been valued at around £80,000 each. Dr Hwang Woo Suk, the man behind the cloning process, is also in the works of cloning the extinct Woolly Mammoth, and has intent of reintroducing it back into its native tundras of Siberia.
Before the dogs can go into service, Dr Hwang first needs language retrain them, as they currently only understand orders in Korean. They were unveiled to the media at the Mammoth Museum in regional capital Yakutsk, the same part of Siberia where the professor is collecting samples of mammoths that have preserved over thousands of years in permafrost.
I’m not sure how to feel about this. It is undeniably a great achievement in science, but – and I’m not the only one to think this – it feels wrong to interfere with nature in such a way. There is good intent with reintroducing an extinct species back into its native habitat I’m sure, but these animals became extinct for a reason. Mammoths and mastodons technically never left us anyway, the ones that survived our over-hunting and desire for a juicy mammoth steak just evolved into today’s Elephants, that are much better suited to modern climates.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Putin’s next step is to make himself some type of “Captain Russia”, and create genetically engineered super-soldiers. The man is a maniac.