The world’s first cloned pet, a feline named Copy Cat, is celebrating a major milestone … she’s been on this Earth for a whopping 18 years!!!
Copy Cat, or CC for short, was cloned back in 2001 at Texas A&M University and she recently celebrated her 18th birthday on Dec. 22 at her adopted home in the Lone Star State.
It’s a pretty momentous occasion … when Copy Cat was created, researchers believed animal clones would die at young ages … but CC is still pawing around.
CC’s caretaker, Duane Kramer, helped spawn her in a lab and his wife, Shirley, adopted the cute critter shortly after her birth. Now, Copy Cat lives in a special shed in the Kramer’s backyard in College Station.
Copy Cat’s got a feline family of her own too … she gave birth to a litter of 4 kittens back in 2006, and 3 survived — their names are Tess, Tim and Zip.