When his beloved cat Garlic passed away, it seemed like there was nothing Hunag Yu could do. Hours into feeling devastated about the loss, he remembered he read something about dog cloning in China. That led him to a pet-cloning company called Sinogene that’s based in Beijing, and seven months and around $35,000 later, he had his Garlic back – or, to be precise, its exact clone.
As the New York Times reports, the cat will stay at the lab for a month before Huang Yu gets to take him home. This is the first pet cloning case in China and it’s possible for it to turn into a popular business, given that pet cloning hasn’t really developed anywhere in the world. This is not the first pet cloning case in the world, but it is the first time it’s happened in China, a country with a growing market for pet dogs and cats. According to the New York Times, “there are currently 55 million pet dogs and 44 million pet cats” in China right now, with an increasing demand for cats in particular.