|Florida...If you have had the pleasure of nurturing a beloved pet for its entire lifespan, you know how wonderful the experience can be. But you no doubt have experienced the pain of loss, too. The story of a Florida couple spending $150,000 to clone their yellow Lab becomes understandable in the face of that loss.
The Boca Raton couple, Ed and Nina Otto, used frozen DNA to clone their dog in South Korea, by scientists at BioArts International. They told NBC's Al Roker that their new puppy, named Lancelot Encore, looks a lot like the original and behaves a lot like him, too. Nina said Lancelot Encore, at the age of 10 weeks, bonded with her other pets, leading them around as if he had known them for a long time.
But the couple is getting some criticism from those who say the money could have gone to helping animals in need. The Ottos, who've been lucky in business, had the dog cloned last year, when the economy wasn't as bad, but said although they might think twice about doing it now; they'd still do it again.