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Dolly the Sheep Born

The first mammal cloned through nuclear transfer, Dolly (a female domestic sheep) was born on July 5, 1996. The cloned sheep was born having derived from three mothers; one gave the egg, one provided DNA, and a third sheep carried her. Dolly was cloned by Keith Campbell and Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, which is where she spent the entirety of her life.

Dolly was introduced to the public on February 22, 1997 when she was almost 1 year old. During her lifespan at the Roslin Institute, she was able to produce 6 offspring after being bred with a Welsh Mountain Ram. At the age of six, Dolly, known as the World’s Most Famous Sheep, developed progressive lung disease and severe arthritis and was euthanized on February 14, 2003.

 

Sources: The Roslin Institute, Wikipedia

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Bagpipe Appreciation Day

July 27 is a day to celebrate the sounds of this quintessential Scottish instrument.

The bagpipe features three pipes emerging from a bag typically made of elk or sheep skin. This bag holds air, and when squeezed, releases the air through the pipes. The bagpiper uses a fourth pipe to control the pitch, much like a flute or oboe. The result is a one-of-a-kind sound used in weddings and funerals for centuries.

Watch the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard perform at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

Sources: Altius Directory, Print is not Dead, YouTube

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