Pet Cloning on the Rise!

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Image Source : The original dog Osa. Credit: Jam Press

A woman who spent $50,000 to clone her deceased dog is one, out of an increasing number of pet owners who are investing in exact copies of their cherished pets.

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Francesa Geertsma, of Florida, was ‘devastated’ when her dog Osa died in 2019 from canine cognitive illness, sometimes known as dog dementia.

Unable to say goodbye, she called a pet cloning company. She was presented with three genetically identical clones of Osa barely 18 months later. They were created from cells removed from behind the ear of her original dog just before her death.

The idea of losing such a great dog was so unimaginable to me that only a few months before her death, I decided to reexamine the concept of cloning,” she added.

Francesca noted that as a’super-mutt’ with five different breeds, she realised it would be difficult to locate a naturally bred dog that was identical to her.

“”I’m overjoyed – they look exactly like my Osa,” she added of her three new dogs, Osana, Osaki, and Osani.

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“Having three clones was more labour and worry than I had anticipated. She said that it turned out to be a godsend in the end.”

The procedure is costly,. It costs anything between $30,000 and $85,000 for a cat, $50,000 for a dog, and $85,000 for a horse.

It’s also divisive, with animal rights advocates criticising the method, citing studies that suggest cloned animals are more susceptible to disease and have a 20 percent success rate.

There are a variety of cloning processes.he most common one involves injecting a cell nucleus from the animal you want to clone into a donor egg that has had its genetic material removed. The egg is then stimulated to develop into an embryo in a laboratory setting. After that, the embryo is put in the uterus (womb) of a surrogate mother. Who then gives birth to a puppy, kitten, or foal.

“There is so much more to an animal than their DNA,” RSCPA animal welfare expert Dr Penny Hawkins told the BBC. “Cloned animals would certainly have distinct life experiences, resulting in creatures with varied personalities.”

We would advise anyone seeking for a new pet to join their household to rescue one of the thousands of animals waiting for their forever home in rescue centres.”

Despite the uproar, Francesca says her new pups are “worth every penny” of the $50,000 she spent. She warns people considering cloning their own pets that the clones “will not be a reincarnation of your prior pet” aside from physical resemblance.

“Of course, they’re different from [Osa] in a lot of ways,” she remarked of her clones, “but every now and then, a little mannerism you forgot about pops out.”

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