Thursday, January 20, 2011

Manny & Diego, Coming Soon to a Zoo Near You?

I couldn't believe it when I stumbled across this link:

Mammoth Could be Reborn in Four Years

Um . . . Jurassic Park, anyone?

How many horror/scifi movies have we seen where good intentions go wrong when scientists mess with the natural order of things? It's such a staple it's cliche.

And it has a strong base in reality. Cats were encouraged in Australia to control the rabbit and rodent population and they ended up taking over the damn countryside. Wolves are "saved from the brink of extinction" and reintroduced into their old habitats only to take over and soon become a nuisance predator killing farm animals and threatening household pets. Or how about one of the most infamous bad ideas ever: the introduction of kudzu as a plant for erosion control? Now that was a good idea!

And now we're going to start cloning massive prehistoric creatures? I can't see any way that could go wrong <sarcasm>.

So what do you think? Do you hope to see a mammoth in a zoo in the near future, or do you think they should leave it alone (from one of King's novels: "Sometimes dead is better")?

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