American singer Barbra Streisand has revealed she had her 14-year-old dog Samantha cloned after her death last year and now has two new puppies.
The Funny Girl star said cells were taken from the mouth and stomach of Samantha – who she described on Instagram as her “beloved girl”.
“We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her,” she wrote.
Speaking to Variety magazine, she said her new puppies had different personalities but was “waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her (Samantha’s) brown eyes and seriousness”.
Streisand, 75, said she had to dress the new additions to her family in red and lavender to tell them apart, which led to the pair being named Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet.
The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony award winner said she had fallen in love with another pooch – a distant relative of Samantha – while waiting for the two dogs to arrive.
The third dog was called Funny Girl but was renamed Miss Fanny in homage to the character she played in the 1968 film which launched her career.
Streisand posted a photo of the new arrivals on Instagram in December and wrote: “Our new basket of adorables.”
The first mammal to be cloned was Dolly the sheep in 1996, with the process now available to those who can afford it.
Cloning a pet can reportedly cost anywhere between $50,000 (£36,000) and $100,000 (£72,000).
The first cloned dog, Snuppy the Afghan hound, was born in 2005 in South Korea.