Cloned cat nearly 10 years old

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 19 (UPI) -- A Texas A&M University researcher who helped create the world's first cloned cat said the feline, named CC, is now nearly 10 years old and has three kittens.

Dr. Duane Kraemer, who adopted CC -- short for Copy Cat -- along with his wife Shirley, said the feline is now living comfortably with her mate Smokey and their three kittens, Tess, Tim and Zip, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.


Kraemer said he constructed a two-story abode for the cats, including air conditioning, heating, plumbing, lofts, an enclosed outdoor play area and a screened front porch.

CC was one of 80 embryos created for the university's project, but she was the only one to develop into a full-term pregnancy once she was transferred to a surrogate mother. The feline was born Dec. 22, 2001.

Shirley Kraemer said visitors are often disappointed to find CC is basically a normal cat.

"I say, 'But we want it to be just like your house cat. We don't want an extra foot or something,'" she said.

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