By G9ija

cientists have cloned a black-footed ferret from the genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago in a first for US endangered species.

The cloned ferret, named Elizabeth Ann, was born on 10 December and the successful cloning was announced on Thursday.

The young animal is a genetic copy of a ferret named Willa who died in 1988 and whose remains were frozen in the early days of DNA technology.

The ferret species, which has characteristic dark eye markings resembling a robber’s mask, is charismatic and nocturnal and feed’s exclusively on prairie dogs.