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The Scoop: First Cloned Pet Dogs Make Their Debut in Korea!

Even if you're not totally on board with the pet cloning idea, you'd have to have a cold, cold heart not to at least melt at these pictures. I mean, baby puppies of any sort are awwww-worthy in my book.This is Bernann McKinney from Hollywood, California holding up a clone of her late pitbull terrier, Booger, at the Seoul National University animal hospital in Korea on August 5. Five clones were created by South Korean scientists in the world's first commercial cloning of a pet dog . . . and the price of her love was nearly $50,000. She looks super happy with her new babe – they kinda look like twinsies– so I bet it's all worth it in her (check) book.


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rangerdanger rangerdanger 7 years
With all the great dogs that could be adopted from shelters for a fraction of the cost, only the most self-indulgent schmuck would clone their dog.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 7 years
I'm too blinded by the cute to make any smart comments.
sarah100682 sarah100682 7 years
thats just weird! Don't get me wrong I LOVE my pets and will be sooo sad when they pass, but its life! I would never want to be sooo obsessed with a pet that I went to such extremes! When you get a pet, you get it with the understanding that one day he or she will be gone. And as far as the cloning, its kinda like identical twins isn't it? DNA is the same but they can be totally different. Plus it follows the whole nature/nuture thing. Clon all you want, nothing will ever be EXACTLY the same.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
$50,000???! I'm sorry, but that's a little sick and crazy....
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
so many issues here... first, her dog died of cancer, meaning the exact DNA used to make these clones are going to certainly be predisposed to cancer! next, pitbulls.. shelter pits have a 1 in 500 chance of making it out alive. AND - apparently her first dog wasn't all that special to her that she can just replace him with his 5 clones, thats not love, thats insanity. Also, clones have proven to not be able to live as long as a normal bred pup would, they have all the aged predisposed issues their origin DNA has, making the problems of a 10 year old dog the same in a one week old pup. These dogs don't have a chance. She should get over the death of Booger the Pit, donate that money to shelter and enjoy her other 4 dogs (yes, she had 4 other dogs at home before cloning these!). Its an abomination.
Dollylo Dollylo 7 years
God knows how i love Polka but I would never clone her!! That's really weird! :scared: but these little ones look super cute! ;)
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
crazy! i agree that that was a terrible way for an animal lover to spend her money :( it strikes me as quite selfish
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
I was going to say the same thing, ditorres. How do you choose which of the 5 clones to take? Or do you take them all?? :?
Petthebull Petthebull 7 years
Cloning pit bulls? Aren't there enough unwanted ones out there that someone could maybe ADOPT one from a shelter. Oh no, instead lets spend thousands of dollars to clone them. Seems a little asinine to me. For every dog that is going to be cloned means another dog that's going to be euthanized.
Berlin Berlin 7 years
I would never do it myself BUT I think that the mere fact that it is a possibility is simply amazing.
ditorres ditorres 7 years
did she take all five clones? if not, what happens to them?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Why not ADOPT one of the millions of dogs that need loving homes? .. and donate the $50K to a shelter? Or several shelters?
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 7 years
sorry the puppies r cute, but im against stuff like cloning!!
ehadams ehadams 7 years
With Sara's death on the horizon I can understand wanting to clone your beloved dog. I know I will be miserable without her, but at the same time I wouldn't do it. She had so many health issues that I wouldn't want to put her (cloned her?) through all the vet visits again. I'd rather spend my money taking care of another dog who needs a home. Also I will never get a pure-bred dog again...mixed breeds are so much healthier.
cubadog cubadog 7 years
I love Cuba and would be very sad if anything ever happened to him but I could never clone him. I will use his ashes to make a diamond though.
beram1220 beram1220 7 years
That woman looks like she's a little crazy anyway...
Rally-RE Rally-RE 7 years
sorry ... meant to say "i don't think i could ever OWN another black-tri" ... didn't proofread before sending.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 7 years
i agree with what everyone has said - that $50,000 could have gone to so many other things! and, i don't think temperament and personality can be cloned ... who knows how this dog will turn out. i could never clone my sheltie - he's one of a kind. i don't even think i could another black-tri ... cause that's special just for him. next sheltie will have to be a sable and white.
runnergeek runnergeek 7 years
no kidding CaterpillarGirl..couldn't she have donated 50K to an animal shelter? i mean come on! that money could have been spent elsewhere and done alot more good.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
sick really, you can love your pets just dont looooooooove them if ya know what i mean. 50 grand? could go a long way to help out animal rescue places in the name of her late pet.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
I think that cloning is a great step in medical research but I couldn't possibly consider cloning one of my dogs. They are each one of a kind and I wouldn't want it any other way. Though the photos are cute!
tyffi tyffi 7 years
That has to be the most disturbing thing I've ever heard! I would never ever clone my pets, even though I still miss my first dog. It seems weird, and strange, and wrong. Certainly, the pups are super cute, and that lady looks uber happy, but still it has a bit of Frankenstein. And, I doubt their personalities will be the same like that of the origin dog.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
i couldn't either... their personalities would still be different...wouldn't they??? it's cute...but way too out there for me...I just dunno about this one.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
as much as I would love another Storm, I don't think I could do it.
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