Little Nicky (cat)

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Little Nicky
Species Felis catus
Breed Maine Coon
Born (2004-10-17) October 17, 2004 (age 12)
Nation from United States
Owner Julie

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.[citation needed]

The cat showed no negative side effects from the cloning.

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  1. ^ "Pet kitten cloned for Christmas". BBC. 23 December 2004.