A litter of Trakrs! 9/11 hero dog gets 5 clones
- James Symington will soon find out if you can clone a hero. This week he received five puppies, the clones of his late rescue dog, Trakr, who located the last survivor in the rubble following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York. The dogs were given to the Los Angeles-based Symington by biotech company BioArts International after he entered an essay contest in 2008 in which he explained why Trakr was worthy of cloning...
Sadly, Trakr died just two months ago at age 16. But his legacy will live on through his precious pups. Rick Cushman, one of the search-and-rescue volunteers who witnessed Trakr's discovery of Genelle Guzman, the fifth and final survivor found in the rubble on Sept. 12, 2001, was happy to hear that the hero dog had been cloned.
"If Trakr hadn't picked up her scent, we might not have known she was there," he said in a statement. "They helped save her life."