In what must be a contender for the strangest story of 2018 (and it's only March!) it seems that singer, actor and general superstar Barbra Streisand has made two clones of her pet dog after it died last year.
The star was devastated to lose her beloved Coton de Tulear Samantha last year at the age of 14, and has had two puppies cloned from her using cells from her mouth and stomach.
We can understand being keen to breed our pets and keep their babies, but we're not entirely sure about cloning. But Barbra seems happy with her decision. She told Variety magazine that the puppies, named Scarlett and Miss Violet, have "different personalities," adding: "I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness."
She found it hard to tell the pups apart, so she dressed them in red and purple, hence their colourful names.
As if she didn't have her hands full with two puppies, she has also adopted a third dog who is distantly related to Samantha. It was obviously a fated match, as the pooch - also a Coton de Tulear - was named Funny Girl, the film for which Barbra won an Oscar. She has renamed the dog Miss Fanny, which is how Fanny Brice's dresser refers to Barbra's character in the 1968 musical.
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