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If you hadn't heard about Miracle Milly, the Chihuahua taking home the Guinness Book of World Records title for smallest dog, then get ready, as the pup is making a big debut in federal court.
The dog's owner is more than a bit gnarled over the fact that her tiny Miracle Milly now also holds the title for the world's most cloned dog. That title was an accident as Milly was only supposed to be cloned 10 times. However, the lab that Milly's owner partnered with, ended up cloning the pup 49 times, and now, Milly's owner is suing for breach of their cloning contract.
Cloning Milly for Science
Milly, being the smallest dog in the world, holds quite a bit of scientific value, as miniaturizing animals for pets has been something that has long since motivated scientists. After all, tiny animals are inherently very cute because of their tininess.
When Milly became a sensation, a South Korean pet cloning firm, which normally charges $100k to clone a pet, reached out to clone Milly, for science and research. Milly's owner agreed on the premise that ten clones would be made, and she would get to pick one for herself, and she would own half the research.
Unfortunately for Milly's owner, who is now upset that her pup was cloned 39 more times than they had initially agreed upon, things didn't go according to the agreement, and much of the "research" and many clones were shared with others.
While the amount of money damages sought are not specified, the market for tiny pets is booming, as Milly's Chihuahua breeding owners surely know.