A British couple, Laura Jacques and Richard Remde, had two puppies cloned from the remains of their late dog, Dylan, for nearly $100,000 (video below).
“I had had Dylan since he was a puppy,” Jacques told The Guardian. “I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”
The couple had their boxer cloned by Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, which is the only laboratory in the world that does dog cloning.
The cloning process includes taking DNA from the dead pet and placing it into a female dog's egg, which has had its nucleus removed. After electric shocks cause cell division, the egg is placed inside a surrogate female dog.
The DNA was taken from Dylan in July, 12 days after he passed away from a brain tumor on June 30.
While cloning animals is not illegal in the U.K., it is generally frowned upon by the scientific community.
Jacques and Remde flew to South Korea in December for the birth of their two cloned puppies, whom they named Shadow and Chance, after animals in the Disney film "Homeward Bound," The Guardian noted in a later article.
Both puppies are physically identical to Dylan, and are bonding with their surrogate moms.
“The whole thing just feels surreal,” Jacques said. “I lost all sense of time. I have no idea how long everything took, the whole thing made me feel very disoriented. I was just clinging on to Richard for about an hour and a half after Chance was born."
The puppies will not be able to come back home with the couple until July 2016 because of quarantine regulations.
Jacques and Remde also want to bring the two surrogate mother dogs back to the U.K. and adopt them.