A biotechnology company in Beijing has released video showing what is believed to be the first successfully cloned cat in China.

The cloned kitten, named Garlic, was born on 21 July at the laboratories of Sinogene Biotechnology Company in the Chinese capital.

The company made the announcement at a press conference on Monday.

The cloning of the kitten was commissioned by owner Huang Yu.

"My cat died of urinary tract disease. I decided to clone him because he was so special and unforgettable," Yu told the Global Times.

Garlic, a British shorthair, was born 66 days after an embryo was transferred to a surrogate mother.

The successful cloning of Garlic is expected to allow Sinogene to roll out the cat-cloning service to the general public, a service which is expected to cost €32,000.

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