It can be hard to say goodbye to a beloved pet. But Barbra Streisand has chosen an unusual way to keep the memories alive.
In an interview with US magazine, Variety, two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand divulged that she had had her dog cloned.
Her beloved pet, Samantha — a Coton de Tulear — died last year at the age of 14. By taking cells from the dying dog's mouth and stomach, she was able to have her cloned. The result was two puppies, called Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett.
"I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and seriousness," she said. When the puppies arrived, she dressed them in violet and scarlet so that she could tell them apart.
While she was waiting for her new puppies she fell in love with another dog who was a distant relation of Samantha. Also a Coton de Tulear, it was called Funny Girl — the same name as the film that launched Streisand's career. Streisand adopted her and renamed her Miss Fanny.
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