While many families were surprised this holiday season with a puppy, British couple Laura Jacques and Richard Remde’s brand new pooch was less of a surprise and more of a miracle. The dog was an exact replica of the couple’s previous boxer.
Named Chance, the couple welcomed their cloned puppy on Christmas day (or the day after depending on the publication). While cloned dogs have been around for a few years (the first one was Snuppy in 2005), Chance is the first of its kind, a phenomenon of sorts. The dog’s DNA was created from a canine that had been deceased for two weeks. In the past, the DNA has been taken from still living dogs or canines that recently passed.
The DNA came from the couple’s beloved boxer, Dylan, who passed away in June at the age of 8.
“I didn’t know how I would be able to cope [without Dylan],” Jacques told the The Telegraph. “I thought I would have to throw myself off a bridge or something.”
Remde connected with South Korean lab Sooam, a well-known dog-cloning company, to try and bring Dylan back in the form of a puppy. The first sample did not take, but the second one did, causing two surrogate dogs to get pregnant.
On Dec. 25 (or 26) the first dog was born, and the second pup is expected to enter the world on Dec. 29.
“After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened. But once he started making noises I knew it was real,” Jacques told The Telegraph. “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.”
The second pup will go by Shadow. The couple plans on taking both puppies and surrogate moms back to the UK in July, after the quarantine period is complete.
H/T The Telegraph