A Hungarian research team reported the first Central European cloned rabbit in Godollo, near Budapest, on Friday, noting that this makes them one of five teams worldwide to successfully clone a bunny.

The rabbit, named Tapsilla – equivalent to Thumpella in English – was born last week, said Professor Andras Dinnyes, head of the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Centre’s research team, adding that she had been a twin, but that her sib had died shortly after their birth by C-section. Tapsilla is doing quite well, Dinnyes said.

Cloned mammals are an excellent way to model various disorders that affect humans, Dinnyes said, and different animals can help researchers to learn more about specific ailments. Rabbits show promise in contributing to the study of vascular disorders and can play a major role in the development of new medications, he said.