Fifty-seven-year-old Bernann McKinney is ecstatic after South Korean scientists cloned her pet dog ‘Booger’, a pit bull terrier, and provided her with five identical puppies. The clones represent the first ever commercial cloning in the world, and cost Ms McKinney a cool £25,000 (£5,000 per puppy).
She’s delighted with her purchase though as Booger, who died of old age two years ago, once saved her life from an attack from another dog.
Despite having to sell her home in order to pay for her dogs, Ms McKinney was tearful as she held her new puppies, exact clones of her dog Booger.
They are perfectly the same as their daddy. I am in heaven here. I am a happy person.
I had to make sacrifices and I dream of the day, some day, when everyone can afford to clone their pet, because losing a pet is a terrible, terrible loss to anyone.
The cost of £25,000, although expensive, was in fact a discounted rate for the Californian woman. The puppies were cloned using DNA obtained from the frozen ear of Booger.
The cloning of pets has now been opened up to customers worldwide, if you’re interested in cloning your dog with a litter of identical puppies. The first cloned dog, an Afghan hound named Snuppy (Seoul National University Puppy) was born in 2005.
Police sniffer dogs have also been cloned in South Korea.