Two Puppies Cloned From DNA Of British Couple’s Late Boxer

The couple paid a South Korean company $100,000 to clone the dog.

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Chance, one of two puppies cloned from a British couple's late Boxer. Via Dylan Dog/Twitter
Chance, one of two puppies cloned from a British couple's late Boxer. Via Dylan Dog/Twitter

When you lose a pet, you go through a tremendously wide range of emotions. At times, you feel like you will never own another dog again. Then you fall to the other side of the spectrum and immediately want… not to replace him, but to feel that love and companionship again. And then there are Laura Jacques and Richard Remde who not only replaced their beloved Boxer, but they spent $100,000 to have him cloned, The Guardian reports.

Dylan, their 8-year old dog, died of a brain tumor in June and, in July, they sent samples of his DNA to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea. Last month, the foundation informed them that two surrogate mothers were carrying Dylan’s… kids? siblings? twins? Whatever the puppies are, they were born two days apart. A pup named Chance was delivered through a C-section on Saturday and Shadow was born naturally (or as naturally as a cloned dog can be born) on Monday. Both dogs reportedly look identical to Dylan.

“After they got [Chance] out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened,” Jacques told The Guardian. “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.”

According to the news outlet, Soam has cloned more than 700 dogs, including a couple from Louisiana who had their own dog cloned in September.

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