If you are from Texas, then you instantly associate the city of College Station with Texas A&M University. I’m a Texas Longhorns fan myself, but it seems that now there is something I can be a fan of when I think of the home of the Aggies. Eighteen years ago on December 22nd, 2001, the world’s first cloned cat was created with the help of Duane Kramer, a senior professor at the university. CC, which is short for Copy Cat, isn’t just the world’s first cloned cat. She was officially the first-ever cloned pet in the entire world.
Back in 2001, Kraemer helped to create her with a team of professionals in conjunction with Genetic Savings & Clone Inc. Shortly after CC’s creation, she came to live with Duane and his wife, Shirley, at their home.
With the average lifespan of a cat coming in around 15 years of age, CC has proved to be nothing short of a miracle Duane claims.
“When CC was first produced, it was thought that clones died young. She has proved that not to be the case.”
According to Encyclopedia Britannica online, “CC was genetically identical to Rainbow, the cat who donated the genetic material. But the cats looked different because coat patterns and other features can be determined in the womb.”
Duane says that she has been a great pet from the start and that she is still living a healthy and fulfilling life even at her super senior cat age. He knows that she’s broken boundaries and defied beliefs, and he’s happy to see his feline friend get the attention he believes that she rightfully deserves.
“My favorite thing is that she’s the first of cloned pets. There was a lot of interest in her, and there has been for many years.”
It seems this OG cat celebrity of the feline world is happy to wear the crone as the original international celebrity cat. And as you can see, her cat dad is pretty pleased about it, too.
Here’s to many more years together for the two of you, Duane and CC!
It seems that pets are still being cloned today, although there are millions that sit in shelters every single year, awaiting a home that doesn’t always come before their number is up. I’m happy to see that CC was made and given a loving home, and it wasn’t about money spent, it was about groundbreaking scientific achievements.
See the news story below on CC and Duane from Bryan, Texas KBTX-TV News:
Want to read about the oldest living cat in the US named Tiger? He is a ginger tabby out of Illinois who turned 31 years young just last year!