Search-and-rescue dog that found 9/11 survivor to be cloned
Thursday, July 3, 2008
A German shepherd who recovered the last survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks is to be cloned. His owner, James Symington, a former police officer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada entered an essay writing contest about why his dog should be cloned.
Trakr, the 15 year old German shepherd suffering from degenerative neurological disorder, was the subject of a contest-winning essay about why Trakr should be cloned that was written by Symington. Trakr and Symington received Humanitarian Service Awards from Jane Goodall for their heroics at Ground Zero. Symington is now an actor of film and television, sometimes credited as Peter James.
BioArts International sponsored the essay-writing contest. Five more dogs are to be cloned by its Best Friends Again program. While Trakr will receive free replication, the other dogs will have to participate in an auction with a starting bid of US$100,000.
- "Halifax rescue dog to be cloned: U.S. company" — , July 2, 2008
- Richard Dooley. "Cloning may give Halifax canine hero new lease on life" — , July 2, 2008
- "Korean Researchers to Clone Sept. 11 Rescue Dog" — , July 2, 2008
- "IMDb entry for Peter James (James Symington)" — ,
- "Winning Essay 'One in a Million'" — , July 2, 2008