Florida family pays big bucks to clone their deceased dog

January 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A Florida couple with perhaps too much money on their hands, and a lonely spot in their heart for their deceased pooch, paid $155,000 to a San Francisco biotech firm to, have the dog cloned. The Otto family from Boca Raton, FL were so heartbroken at the death of their golden Labrador, Sir Lancelot, in Jan. 2008 that they had his DNA frozen.

Bereft with life without their pet, the family decided to bid on a biotech firm’s dog-cloning auction in July.

On Monday, the family picked up a clone of Lancelot, called Lancelot Encore, at the Miami International Airport, where the three-month-old puppy stepped of a plane from South Korea, courtesy of Bioarts International.

Young Lancy did not come cheap: Mrs Otto sold a few pieces of expensive jewellery to raise the $155,000 price tag on the exact genetic replica of Sir Lancelot Snr. Lancelot Encore is the name of the new puppy, created by BioArts International based in Korea.

The new arrival in the Otto house will not be lonely: he joins a  menagerie of nine other dogs, four birds, ten cats, and six sheep (no kids) on their 12 acre lot.

The Ottos claim that he is the first single-birth, commercially-cloned puppy in the United States.


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