Barbra Streisand has revealed that two of her three pups are clones from her deceased Coton du Tulears dog Samantha.
In an interview with Variety, Streisand says that her dogs Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet are clones of Samantha, who died in 2017 at 14 years old. Her third dog Miss Fanny is a distant cousin of Samantha’s.
Streisand explained that she had cells taken from Samantha’s mouth and stomach to perform the procedure, which can cost up to $50,000.
“They have different personalities,” Streisand says. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness.”
The Internet was amazed Streisand’s pets are cloned versions of her deceased dog.
Barbra Streisand has revealed that she’s had her beloved dog cloned. Which means that maybe someday, every gay man can have his own Barbra#barbrastreisand
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) February 27, 2018
When I first saw Barbra Streisand cloned her dog,
10 sec. later
“How can I do that?”🤔
— Julie 🌈 (@BitOfJules) February 27, 2018
I bet Barbra Streisand’s cloned dogs know how to send texts
— Darc Maron (@faithchoyce) February 27, 2018
However, PETA wasn’t thrilled about the cloning. In a statement to Page Six, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk says cloning doesn’t achieve an exact replica of the original.
“Animals’ personalities, quirks, and very ‘essence’ simply cannot be replicated, and when you consider that millions of wonderful adoptable dogs are languishing in animal shelters every year or dying in terrifying ways when abandoned, you realize that cloning adds to the homeless-animal population crisis. And because cloning has a high failure rate, many dogs are caged and tormented for every birth that actually occurs — so that’s not fair to them, despite the best intentions. We feel Barbra’s grief at losing her beloved dog but would also love to have talked her out of cloning,” Newkirk says.