It was only a matter of time until the first British dog was cloned. Mini Winnie, who was cloned in a South Korean lab, will make her television debut tonight on British Channel 4's program "The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man's Best Friend", according to an article published today in Wiltshire Business Online UK.
Mini Winnie is named after the dog whose DNA she carries. Both Winnie and Mini Winnie belong to a British cook who describes Winnie as a sort of therapy dog, helping her recover from bulimia. The South Korean firm that cloned the pup has cloned over 500 dogs worldwide, but this is thought to be the first in the UK.
Ironically, the first clone, Dolly the sheep, was created in a British lab. The leader of the team that created Dolly, Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, told Channel 4 that he was skeptical about well this was going to turn out:
"I think that the owners might be disappointed - so much of the personality of a dog probably comes from the way that you treat it. I think that you would treat a cloned dog, particularly if you had spent 100,000 dollars, differently, so the dog would be different. I am sufficiently sceptical that I personally would not have a dog cloned."
Several pets in the US have been cloned, including a Texas cat named Little Nicky, whose owner paid $50,000 for the procedure, and a yellow Lab named Lancelot Encore. Lancelot Encore was cloned in 2008, and is now a father of 8 puppies.
How do you feel about paying upwards of $100,000 to clone a pet, when so many pets are killed in shelters every day? How much of the personality of a pet comes from his upbringing and his environment? If money was no object, do you have a pet you would clone?
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