Rich people have a lot of benefits, among them—loving their pets for longer than the rest of us because that’s just the way the world works.
Barbra Streisand did a profile for Variety where she revealed that two of her dogs are clones from her beloved Samantha, who died back in 2017. Her little clones are named Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet, and they were made with the cells collected from the mouth and stomach of her other deceased dog.
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According to Streisand, all of her dogs all have different personalities, even though they’re identical copies of each other, which is all kinds of weird. Mashable reports that dog cloning, even though criminally expensive, is not a new phenomenon.
One report found that cloned dogs can cost around $25,000 to $50,000, but that’s not a fixed price. The New York Post reports that a man paid $100,000 to clone his dog. In the article, the man expresses a bit of regret over cloning his pet, claiming that even a genetic copy of his dog didn’t fill the void that his death caused, because the clone is still a different animal. Food for thought, Barbra.
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I still love Streisand, but she’s definitely eccentric, to put it mildly. Who knows what I’d do if I had that much money; I might also clone my dog. But there’s always adoption, which is cheaper and also really nice.