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Cuddle Clones – send them a photo of your pet, get a cuddly plush lookalike back in return

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It’s a bit unfair that we humans live longer than our pets, isn’t it? Why couldn’t all animals be like giant tortoises or elephants and have a lifespan approximating ours? Although thinking about it, that might cause a bit of a problem in terms of elderly care. Anyhoo, for those pet owners dreading the inevitable day, here’s a nice little option which could make the loss slightly less painful.

Cuddle Clones is a service which will create a lookalike of your pampered pet, posed in your favorite position. The service is all done online apart from the delivery of course, which takes around 4 months from order. You can specify a number of features you want to include, like ear and tail position, and the better the photos the closer the result should be.

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It’s not just cats and dogs either. You can get small pets like hamsters recreated, as well as large ones like horses. There’s also a custom life-size option available, although we’re suspecting the price will be rather high for larger animals (as well as the shipping). The product is also a great gift for friends who are pet mad (you know who they are!), and it’s definitely cheaper than investing in a real $50,000 biological clone.

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The results look pretty impressive, even though you’re just looking at a bunch of acrylic fibers and some artfully applied paint. The price of the normal sized clone is $199, while smaller mammals will set you back $129. The company also donates to various pet oriented charities, which is cuddlesome in the extreme.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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