A British farm specializing in rare breeds has purchased descendants from a Nazi project aimed at breeding an ubër-ox, the Independent reports. The Heck cattle stock were developed from efforts to recreate the auroch—a huge proto-cow that once roamed Europe—through selective breeding to remove the genes of "racially degenerate" wildlife.
"I don't think there is anything more sinister in owning Heck cattle than there is driving a Volkswagen," said the farm's owner. "They were a fantasy breed. But they are also quality cattle and a pedigree breed that is remarkably robust. They could one day be returned to a wild environment and become one of the big super-animals that roamed the forests."