BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A Florida couple that preserved their Labrador's DNA before dog cloning was possible has received a carbon copy of their now-dead pet from South Korea.
Edgar and Nina Otto of Boca Raton are the proud owners of a Lab puppy cloned from cryogenically frozen DNA and carried by a surrogate mother in Seoul, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.
Named Sir Lancelot Encore, the 10-week old yellow Labrador Retriever is a duplicate of the Otto's dog Sir Lancelot who died of cancer in 2008 at age 11.
Before Sir Lancelot became sick, a California company called Bio Arts International held an auction for the chance to clone a pet.
The Ottos won the five-day event with a bid of $155,000.
"I know there are a lot of people in this world who think this is an unfair thing to do. I don't." said Nina Otto.
The head of the Tri County Humane Society says she would prefer people adopt a shelter animal instead of cloning.