Copy cat: Chinese firm creates first cloned kitten
Pet cloning is illegal in many countries but approved in countries including South Korea and the U.S.

Seven months after Huang Yu’s pet cat Garlic died, the British shorthair was given a tenth life.

Born on July 21, the new Garlic was created by Chinese firm Sinogene, becoming the Beijing-based company’s first successfully copied cat. “Whatever the origin of pets, owners will see them as part of the family. Pet cloning meets the emotional needs of young generations.”

Mr. Huang, 23, was overjoyed on first seeing Garlic’s second incarnation, saying the “similarity between the two cats is more than 90%”.

“When Garlic died, I was very sad,” said Mr. Huang. “I couldn’t face the fact because it was a sudden death. I blame myself for not taking him to the hospital in time, which led to his death.” The happy owner says he hopes the personality of the new Garlic is as similar to his old white-and-grey cat as its appearance.

With a growing pet market in China, and a huge appetite among their owners for spending, Mr. Mi thinks the market for pet cloning is also set to rocket.

According to a report by Pet Fair Asia and pet website, pet-related spending in China reached 170.8 bn yuan ($23.7 billion) in 2018.

The first major success in animal cloning was Dolly the sheep, born in Britain in 1996 as the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. In 2005, researchers in South Korea cloned the first dog.

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