One couple was so sad by the sudden death of their beloved yellow Labrador. So they did the unthinkable…Edgar and Nina Otto spent $155,000 to have their deceased dog, named Sir Lancelot, cloned. ‘We didn’t expect him to die, he was much too young,’ Mr Otto said.
‘I would’ve gone higher, I would have done anything at that point,’ Mrs Otto told TLC during a segment of their series called I Cloned My Pet.
The Ottos had Lancelot’s DNA stored four years prior to his death when they first heard that cloning technology was beginning to be developed.
The cloning itself was done in conjunction with a San Francisco firm called BioArts and the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea.
Lancelot Encore, the cloned version of Sir Lancelot who goes by ‘Lancey’ for short, was the first cloned dog and he was born in 2009. BioArts, the American partner, suspended their commercial cloning service in September 2009, though the process is still completed in South Korea.
In animal cloning, the stored DNA of the animal is then injected into the egg of a surrogate dog. The South Korean firm is the only one to have perfected the technology as of yet.
‘I only was hoping to get the essence of Lancelot back,’ Mrs Otto said.
The Ottos have a whole shrine of their deceased pets- and have nine other living dogs currently- but decided that Sir Lancelot was the only one to be cloned.