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Lancelot the sequel

In Animal News, PUPPIES! on January 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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What would you do if had an extra $155,000 lying around? Nina and Ed Otto of Boca Raton, Fla, decided to clone their dog. Their yellow lab, Lancelot, died of cancer at age 11. They had the dog’s DNA frozen, then hired a California-based company to clone their beloved pet. The actual genetic engineering took place in South Korea.

The new puppy, named Lancelot Encore, flew first class back to Miami, where his new family was waiting for him. They say he is the spitting image of Lancelot and hope he will have the same personality and intelligence, but “won’t love him any less” if he doesn’t.

You can watch a video of the Ottos and Lancelot Encore here.

This isn’t the first case of dog cloning. South Korea cloned sniffer dogs and even had an online auction to clone your dog. The first commercial dog cloning occurred last August.

What do you think of dog cloning? Would you ever consider it?

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When nothing but the original will do

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Saying a final goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy, but one company is trying to make it a wee bit less painful; BioArts International will be hosting an online auction in which the rights to clone a pet will be sold to five of the highest bidders. Say what? That’s right. The “Best Friends Again” program offers those with the money to spare the chance to genetically clone Fluffy or Fido. But this type of everlasting love (everlasting, because if you’ve done it once, why not do it again?) doesn’t come cheap. Bids start at $100,000 and that’s only the opening bid.

I’m not going to sit here and say that the death of a pet is something you get over. On the contrary, I still miss my cat, Kitty, who we put to sleep more than 10 years ago. But since he was put to sleep, we’ve adopted new cats who have enriched our lives. Yes, they are different than Kitty. But would I really want a clone of Kitty? Probably not.

Here’s what I propose: Instead of paying $100,000+ to clone your pet, donate $99,900 to a local shelter or rescue group, and then adopt a new furry friend (I’m guesstimating the adoption fee is around $100 at most shelters). Complete resources for local animal shelters are available on the Tails website.