The Ministry of Public Security in China has welcomed its newest police force recruit: a police sniffer dog cloned from the service’s greatest canine detective.
By Published on 23 Mar 2019
Chinese detectives were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should. Taking DNA from a Kunming wolfdog they call the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs,” they’ve created a brand-new police pup with an excellent if rather familiar nose.
"She is friendly to humans, sociable and alert,” project analyst Wan Jiusheng told Science and Technology Daily, according to Sky.com.
Jurassic Police Dept.
Three-month old Kunxun can find hidden food in an instant, is brave in the dark, and boldly strides into unfamiliar spaces in search of crooks, drug stashes, and case-cracking clues.
That’s because she’s a clone of Huahuangma, China’s leading doggo detective: a seven-year-old Kunming wolfdog with multiple decorations for her help in solving crimes across the Yunnan province. In one of her most famous cases, Huahuangma sniffed out a hotel key that led to the arrest of a murder suspect.
Imagine an army of identical fluffy little Jane Tennisons at work on the mean streets of Zhaotong and you can start to see where Chinese authorities – with the boffins at Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agricultural University – hope to take this.
‘Gentle beagle’ implicated
“The surrogate was a gentle beagle,” said project technician Liu Xiaojuan, as reported in the South China Morning Post. “To prevent complications and improve the survival rate, we carried out a caesarean section.”
Kunxun is the first canine police clone in China, although she has conceptual cousins working in the customs service. Cloned dog cops also work the beat in neighbouring South Korea. It is a technique that we are likely to see more and more as the technology achieves social acceptance.
The wily wolfpup is now in basic training, and will begin ‘university’ when she’s six months old. Her electives will be tracking, drug detection, security, and sniffing out evidence. She should be sworn in as a fully-fledged police dog when she reaches the age of ten months.
If she serves alongside her genetically-identical mother, it will certainly be a case of “don’t ever trifle with me or my daughter again” for the region’s crooks and outlaws.
Chinese authorities believe that starting out with a pup of proven heritage will save time and money on training. As such, if Kunxun continues to excel they intend to produce an entire squad of identi-dogs to fight crime and establish justice in the province of Yunnan.