Some contest winners yelp with delight for getting gift cards or small appliances. Rebecca Smith got something that’s really worth barking about: a cloned dog – the first in Britain’s history.
After winning a contest held by a South Korea tech firm that performed the test tube procedure, “Mini Winnie” was born on March 30. Weighing in at just over 1 pound, the pup was cloned from Smith’s 12-year-old dachshund, Winnie.
“She is the best sausage dog in the world,” said Smith, 29, who works as a caterer in London. “The world will be a better place with more Winnies in it.”
The South Korean company, which usually charges £60,000 to clone animals – roughly $100,500 to us – held a contest offering the procedure at no cost in hopes it would spark more Brits to get their pets replicated. Although "Mini Winnie" is Britian's first cloned canine, the company reports that it has previously cloned some 500 dogs for pet parents around the world.