Herman the Bull was the first genetically modified mammal in the world. He spent his old age in a stable in the grounds of Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History in Leiden, Holland. He died on April 2nd 2004 at the vast old age of 13 years - one of the longest lived bulls to ever grace the Netherlands. After Herman died, he was - of course - stuffed. He will be on permanent display as part of the museum's Research in Progress exhibition.
The museum feels it necessary to defend their choice of stuffing and displaying Herman. On their website, they post the following discussion:
Naturalis, being the national natural history museum of the Netherlands, is the best place for information on biodiversity. Thousands of animal species, from insects to mammals, are kept in the Naturalis collection tower, which is the national natural history archive. Herman the Bull represents the start of a new era in the way Man deals with nature. Herman is an icon of scientific progress and the subsequent public discussion of these issues. Information and public discussion remain important. And that is the symbolic value of having Herman the Bull in Naturalis.
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