Cloned Puppy: Couple Pay $100k To Clone Their Boxer:

A British couple have paid £60,000 (Nearly $100,000 USD) for two puppies cloned from their dead boxer.

Jacques, 29, and Remde 43, were grief-stricken after their boxer died at the age of eight. The pair decided to try cloning Dylan and enlisted the services of the controversial Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, which offers a commercial dog-cloning service. It is the only laboratory of its kind in the world. The couple have hailed the births as “a miracle”.

Jacques said she and Remde were overwhelmed after witnessing the first birth by caesarean section on Saturday in the operating theatre at Sooam.

 The two cloned puppies are said to bear the same markings as Dylan, who died in June. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Cloned Puppy: The two cloned puppies are said to bear the same markings as Dylan, who died in June. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

“The whole thing just feels surreal,” she said. “I lost all sense of time. I have no idea how long everything took, the whole thing made me feel very disoriented. I was just clinging on to Richard for about an hour and a half after Chance was born.

“After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened. But once he started making noises I knew it was real. Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can’t believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them.

“I had had Dylan since he was a puppy,” she said. “I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”

 

The DNA is implanted into an egg which has had the nucleus removed, and implanted into a surrogate mother.

As reported by the Guardian, the couple hope to bring both puppies home next July when their quarantine period has ended. They also hope to bring the two surrogate mother dogs back to the UK too and want to adopt them.

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The puppy was born to a surrogate dog at a South Korean clinic. Credit: Dylan Dog/Vine

The puppy was born to a surrogate dog at a South Korean clinic. Credit: Dylan Dog/Vine