Posted on 07/09/2020 at 7.15 p.m.
Written by Norman Bougé
in the category Miscellaneous facts
© Iceland Review
President of the Republic of Iceland for 20 years, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his wife had their deceased dog cloned via an American company. A puppy, the fruit of this cloning, was born and is doing well.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his wife Dorrit Moussaieff adored their dog Sámur. His death had therefore caused a great deal of pain to the former Icelandic president and the former first lady, who had decided to do so clone.
The couple announced their intention to do so last October. The head of the Nordic island state from 1996 to 2016 spoke about it in an interview for the local media RUV. This is how the genetic « copy » of Sámur, a puppy prenamed Samson, was born some time later in the United States, as reported by the Icelandic site in English Iceland Review. The young canine is in perfect health.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson announced the news himself via his Twitter account.
For those who followed the sad news of our beloved #Samur passing away earlier this year, we now share the splendid, somewhat unbelievable, report that now #Samson has been borne in the USA due to the process of cloning. More news and pictures on Dorrit’s Instagram! pic.twitter.com/LofoSyzQVP
– Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (@ORGrimsson) October 28, 2019
He and his wife had appealed to ViaGen Pets, a company specializing in the cloning of pets (mainly dogs and cats) and based in Texas.
In his lifetime, Sámur very often appeared in the country’s media alongside the former president and his wife.
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Furthermore, during the same interview given to RUV during last fall, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said he had promised his grandchildren that if they wanted, they too could clone and so » order their own Sámur For their own children.