Little Nicky (cat)

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Little Nicky
SpeciesFelis catus
BreedMaine Coon
Born (2004-10-17) October 17, 2004 (age 14)
Nation fromUnited 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.[1]

The cloning operation was performed by the California-based company Genetic Savings & Clone, which later closed in 2006.

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.[2]

The cat showed was reported to have health problems during his life, even if they were not clearly related to the cloning process.[3]

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  1. ^ "Pet kitten cloned for Christmas". BBC. 23 December 2004.
  2. ^ Jha, Suzanne Goldenberg Alok (2004-12-24). "The world's first cloned pet (cost $50,000)". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  3. ^ "Pet cloning and why I'd never do it". 2018-12-18. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-10. External link in |work= (help)