The Chinese man received an authentic copy of the dead cat
Seven months after Huang Yu’s cat Garlik died, she was given another life.
The new Garlik was created by the Chinese company Sinogene, based in Beijing, and was born on July 21 as the first cloned cat.
The company has already managed to clone dogs, which costs about 53,000 dollars, while the price for a cloned cat is 35,000.
Mi Jidong, the head of the company, told Agence France-Presse that despite the high price, not all of their clients are rich.
“In fact, a good portion of the clients are young people who have just graduated in the last few years,” he said. “Pet cloning meets the emotional needs of young generations.”
Huang, 23, was overjoyed to see Garlik’s reincarnation, saying “the resemblance of the two cats is more than 90 percent.”
“When Garlik died, I was very unhappy,” says Huang. “I could not face it because the death was sudden. I blamed myself for not taking him to the vet in time, which led to his death. “
The happy owner said that he hopes that the personality of the new Garlik will be similar to the old one, as it is similar to his appearance.
Animal cloning is illegal in many countries, but it has been approved for example in South Korea and the United States, where singer Barbra Streisand announced last year that she had cloned her dog.
The first successful cloning in the animal world was performed in 1996 and it was Dolly the sheep, while the first dog was cloned in 2005 in South Korea.
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