When you lose a pet, cloning them probably isn’t the first
or second or third thing you think about, but one British couple was determined to make this a reality–and they did!
Laura Jacques and her partner Richard Remde were devastated when their 8-year-old boxer Dylan died of a heart attack last year. Jacques knew she wanted to preserve Dylan’s body, whether it was freezing him or stuffing him. And, then, she remembered watching a TV show about someone cloning their dog (who was alive).
The couple found a South Korean company called Sooam Biotech Research Foundation that was willing to attempt to clone the deceased dog for just over $121,000. But first, the couple had to do some of the leg work, which included collecting the DNA sample of Dylan.
“We were meant to refrigerate Dylan and take the cells,” Jacques said. “We had to lay him out, sterilize all the area, shave his fur and basically follow the instructions using this biopsy tool to get some skin samples.”
After sending the samples off to Korea, they got some bad news. Because the cells were from a deceased dog and they didn’t reach the Asian company until much later than the recommended time-frame, the cells weren’t growing. But, soon enough, they got the big news.
“Weeks and weeks just seemed to be going by and then we got this one [email] saying ‘it decided to grow,'” Jacques said. “It was a scientific breakthrough. Never been done before. I guess we kind of felt like it was meant to be.”
And, so, the cloning was under way. And, let’s just say, the Dylan clone puppies (yes, plural) came out looking perfect. Watch the U.K. couple witness the live birth and talk about the precious little things in the video above.