The world’s first cloned horse is to give birth to her own foal in April.

Cesare Galli, director of the Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona, Italy, created the mare, Prometea, in 2003 by fusing the nucleus of a skin cell taken from the mother with an empty egg from another horse.

Mr Galli said of the news: “This is further confirmation that clones are normal if they are reared healthily.”

Pieraz, a cloned stallion created in 2005, is also expecting his first offspring.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (20 December, ’07)