London: A British couple has scripted history after they received the first of the two puppies cloned from their dead boxer dog.
Laura Jacques and Richard Remde, devastated by the death of their eight-year-old boxer Dylan, spent a whopping 67,000 pounds to clone their dead pet at a South Korean lab.
File photo of Laura Jacques with her deceased dog Dylan. Pic/Twitter
The couple celebrated as Chance was delivered by caesarian section at Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. In the first case of its kind, the puppy was cloned from Dylan, almost two weeks after it died. The previous limit for dog cloning was five days after death.
The couple announced Chance’s birth by uploading an adorable clip on a twitter page they made for Dylan. “We are so happy. It went really well. We are just trying to let it sink in and come home now,” they said.
But the delighted couple still have another belated Christmas present to look forward to - a second clone named Shadow is set to arrive on Tuesday — costing another 67,000 pounds to the couple. They decided to clone Dylan after the dog was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died of a cardiac arrest in June. Dylan’s death had left Jacques bereft. “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,” she said.
Laura contacted Sooam after hearing how another Brit Rebecca Smith, had her dachshund Winnie cloned for a TV show last year. Laura had placed Dylan’s body in the freezer before embarking on the process.