Kyrachana the Yakutian Laika puppy was cloned in an effort to save her original breed

By Kelli Bender
June 27, 2017 04:43 PM

A Yakutian Laika puppy cloned from a piece of ear taken from the best example of a Yakutian Laika female dog, met her “mother” on a recent trip to Russia, reports Ruptly.

Cloned at South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, the leading lab in dog cloning, the puppy in the video took a trip to Siberia’s Yakutia Republic, the homeland of the Yakutian Laika.

On this trip, two-month-old Kyrachana, which means “Beautiful” in the Yakutian language, met the 6-year-old female dog who donated the bio material that created her — also known as “Mom.”

While this was the first time the genetically identical hunting dogs met face-to-face, they acted like old friends. Did the pup look familiar, smell familiar, or was it just a canine coincidence?

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Kyrachana was created in an effort to save the original Yakutian Laika dog breed, which is on the decline due to crossbreeding.

Along with assisting in breed preservation, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation clones dogs for owners who are willing to pay the hefty price tag and canines used in military and police positions around the world.