Alcalde is one in a million: The hulking black bull's sons have struck fear in the hearts of Spain's bravest matadors for more than a decade. But now, in his waning years, his famed breeder has commissioned a US company to make him two in a million—with the cloned bull taking Alcalde's place as sire to champions.
ViaGen has cloned beef cattle and winning racehorses before, the Independent reports. Next month, scientists will remove a piece of Alcalde's skin and graft a nucleus into a cow's egg. Alcalde is "beyond price," so breeder Vitoriano del Rio wants two or three clones to get the best match: the lesser clones will take their turn in the bull ring.