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Woolly Bullys

on June 2, 2013

Woolly Mammoth Replica in Museum Exhibit

In case you haven’t heard, the Russians have uncovered the remains of a Woolly Mammoth and they are as excited as hell.  They were able to extract blood from the remains and now feel that they can clone these gentle giants and bring them back into our world.

Hey, was I the only one who watched Jurassic Park I, II and III?  You know, the movie that showed the consequences of screwing around with Mother Nature.  Remember how that worked out for those scientists?

Let’s say we do find them a cold spot where they can breed and multiply and wander around freely.  Oh, they’ll be protected, they say.  Sure, just as the African Elephant is protected and is now on the brink of extinction.

I’ll bet poachers have huge dollar signs in their eyes now thinking about those humongous tusks the Mammoth wore with such pride.  I can see hunters drooling at the bit to bring down one of these magnificent creatures and adding them to their trophy room.

We should remember one of the reasons mammoths became extinct.  Because WE KILLED THEM!

To be fair to Fred Flintstone and his cohorts, the early settlers used all the fur, fat, bones and meat from the mammoth to feed and house their families.  We don’t need to add Mammoth Burgers to the McDonald’s Menu and we all know what happens when you wear a fur coat these days!  (Watch out for that paint!)

So, I think the scientists should leave these gentle, harmless, sweet creatures alone.  Let them rest in peace and keep their honored place in history.  If you really want to bring back an extinct species, try for the Dodo Bird.  Then these scientists would have something they could relate to!

Just saying!

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19 responses to “Woolly Bullys

  1. Rana says:

    You’re so right! Granted, as someone who used to study paleontology, I would love like no other to see a real Jurassic Park, but there’s no way it would be practical. Put that money toward real 3-D hologram movies! XD

    This is also the argument I give obsessive, vegetarian animal conservationists. I’m an animal lover through and through. The thing is, the world changes. Sure, we may be a contributing factor, but you know what? Just as you said, we killed off the mammoths just as much as nature did. I don’t approve poaching by any means, but with the population the way it is, we don’t have a choice at this point but to destroy habitat. There’s a time when you just have to let it go. If these activists lived in the Ice Age, would they be trying to save the Saber-Toothed Cat? Despite being hunted by it on a daily basis? I really don’t think they’d have the time to worry about it.

  2. Basharr says:

    Strange though it may seem most efforts to protect animals or destroy animals for what we would call the better good are actually human screwing with mother nature. We killed the wolf to near extinction and then we found out the wolf added to the ecosystem it was a needed link in the chain. This mammoth topic makes me wonder is it man with a god complex that seeks to bring back the dead? If the mammoth was meant to survive they would not be looking for dead ones to clone but for hidden pockets of live ones who survived the tests of time. There are none. That said it is always interesting to hear what we may be capable of, but does it not tip the balance? I don’t necessarily want to be cloned after I have served my purpose.

  3. Bastet says:

    You know about 10 years or so ago I was reading one of those books that talks about the sudden climate change that hit the era of the Mammoths…seems they’d already found quite a few and there was still grass in their tummy’s so fast had been the cataclysm. Siberia they say at the time was a prairie lie Kansas. Not much relation to what you wrote, except that they wouldn’t want to stay in Siberia…they’d prefer Kansas…could it be an international conspiracy against our poor bisons?

  4. btg5885 says:

    You reminded me of the old, eccentric TV show “Northern Exposure” set in Alaska. The Doctor found a frozen mammoth and was so happy. When he got back with the authorities, some of the locals had a chain saw out cutting up the frozen meat for food. The seemingly weird practicality of eating the mammoth versus preserving the specimen made for an interesting show. So, if we clone one, I am certain we would have mammoth steaks on sale. Good title by the way, BTG

  5. Pete Denton says:

    I agree with what you say. Whatever anyone thinks, they would be complete and how much would collectors pay for the mammoth tusk? Sounds like a bad idea to me.

  6. mummyshymz says:

    I say save the money from cloning the mammoths – spend it on conserving habitats for the endangered species.

  7. justlaura73 says:

    Totally agree with you, but it is pretty awesome. They say the muscle is still red, as if it’s still fresh, in the Mammoth, and the blood was still in a slight liquid form. I would hate it if they cloned it because I think you’re completely right about what negative consequences would arise, but to think this is one of the most preserved organisms humans has ever found is so neat.

    • Oh, it’s a huge discovery..I love that part. My concern is doing something just because we can..not because we should, like cloning. But, the discovery is neat as pins!

  8. There is no stopping it! The future is Maca’s and OH how would they love to serve a triple cheese double mammoth patty, with special sauce, lettuce, tomato Mammoth Burger AND on a giant sized sesame seed bun.

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