Cuddle Clones: Toy doppelgangers help owners remember their beloved pets

Pet owners are rushing to buy the stuffed toy version of their animal

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The Independent US

A company is helping people remember their beloved pets by creating stuffed-toy versions of the animals.

'Cuddle Clones' are the latest coveted toys to take social media by storm.

Jennifer Graham, the founder of the Louisville Kentucky based company, said she was inspired to start her business by her own pet, a Great Dane called Rufus who passed away in 2009.

Cuddle Clones has produced cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, pigs, horses, rats and even a micro pig to date.

Metro reports that 40 per cent of all sales are from customers who have lost a pet and want to memorialise them.

On its website, the company says it "gives back to the pet community whenever and wherever possible through pet-related causes and animal charities". 

However, the stuffed animals are not cheap. Prices start at $129 (£84) and customers can face a four month wait for their order.