LAFAYETTE, LA - Phillip Dupont, a veterinarian, wanted a dog - a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog. So he and his wife Paula paid $50 for Melvin, who was supposed to be a purebred Catahoula. Melvin turned out to be a mutt, but the Duponts were glad they had bought him, because he grew into the best dog they’d ever had.
Eventually, age began to affect Melvin, and the Duponts were faced with the thought of parting from him. Phillip, however, had heard of a company in South Korea called Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. For a hefty price, they could clone a favorite pet and make a genetic twin. This twin would look and act very similar to the original pet. Phillip and Paula talked it over with their family and decided that if they couldn’t have Melvin, they would at least have his twin! Phillip sent Sooam a few of Melvin’s cells and a payment of over $100,000 to begin the cloning process, and soon they had a pup in the making. That puppy died from distemper, so Sooam started over. This time, they got two puppies, both healthy, and the Duponts flew to South Korea to pick them up. Now Phillip and Paula had three Melvins on their hands. They named the pups Ken and Henry.
Melvin has since died, and the Duponts now are left with only two of him. Though many people might not want to spend a hundred thousand dollars on a pet clone, the Duponts are very satisfied with their decision to spend that amount cloning a Melvin twin. They are even considering cloning him again and giving the new copy to their grandson!