The new king of Thailand recently opened the mansion to the public, showing off eight puppies of his predecessor’s royal hound. They continued the lineage of the former King’s Basenji dog, which passed away a year before his royal highness, King Bhumibol Adulyadej died. Continuing his father’s leadership, King Maha Vajiralongkorn knew just how his father loved his dog. Thus, he made a vow to ensure that its lineage is kept alive and he did find a way to do that! Look at how beautiful and healthy the puppies are.
Meet the royal hound Khun Thong Daeng’s offsprings
The pic below shows five of the eight puppies. They were born in June. Three more were born later, in September. They arrived in the palace by batch, too. The first batch was in August, and the second followed in September. They were shown in public to mark the third anniversary of the late king’s death back in 2016.
How the Basenji dogs came to life
The king’s son, Maha Vajiralongkorn, ordered the Kasetsart University to artificially continue the lineage of Khun Thong Daeng as a tribute to his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The university used the frozen semen from two of the sons of the royal hound, which were stored since 2005. Today, the new king displayed in pride the adorable offsprings of the royal dog.
In a press conference, the spokesperson for the Kasetsart University relayed how they successfully completed the artificial insemination. Since the King’s request, a team of experts from the university was formed to inseminate two royal dogs. They performed the procedure in April and again in July. Indeed, there is nothing impossible with our technology these days. Even dogs that have been gone for a long time can now continue their lineage, which is definitely awesome.
Source: South China Morning Post via Youtube