Little Nicky (cat)
|Born||October 17, 2004|
|Nation from||United States|
Little Nicky (born October 17, 2004) is the first commercially produced cat clone. He was produced from the DNA of a 19-year-old Maine Coon cat named Nicky who died in 2003. Little Nicky's owner, a north Texas woman named Julie (whose last name was not released) paid $50,000 to have Nicky cloned.
The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups denounced the cloning, saying that the $50,000 could have been better used to save some of the millions of animals euthanized each year.
The cat showed no negative side effects from the cloning.
- "Pet kitten cloned for Christmas". BBC. 23 December 2004.