Couple spends big money to clone deceased pet dog

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

A Florida couple spent over $155,000 in order to clone their late dog.

The latest installment of the TLC series I Cloned My Pet has Edgar and Nina Otto revealing that they spent that much money to create an identical match for their beloved golden Labrador retriever, Sir Lancelot, who died of cancer in 2008 at age 11.

"We didn't expect him to die," Edgar said. "He was much too young."

The couple had lost other pets but it was Sir Lancelot they truly missed.

"It just broke my heart," Nina said. "The idea that he was actually going to be gone, that I couldn't live with."

When Sir Lancelot died, the Ottos kept a sample of his genetic material. Eight months later, they placed an auction bid big enough to buy a house in order to ensure they could have a clone of their pet.

"Our winning bid of $155,000 topped them all," Edgar said, although Nina added that she would have been willing to go for a higher price.

The cloned dog was welcomed by the couple three years later.

He was hand-delivered by Lou Hawthorne, chairman of BioArts International, a biotechnology company in California.

"One minute with Lancey and you know he's special. He's both extremely aware and very sweet," Hawthorne said.

I Cloned My Pet airs on TLC May 21.

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