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A female Komodo dragon, Flora, should be giving birth around Dec 25th without the help of a male Komodo dragon. Flora has never mated, or even mixed, with a male dragon, and fertilized all the eggs herself, a process culminating in parthenogenesis, or virgin birth.
Lizards have been known to do this in the past, but it’s never been reported with a Komodo dragon lizard. Just to make sure Flora had no help from the male specise, DNA tests were done on 3 eggs which collapsed after being put in an incubator. So, Flora will be both the father and the mother of the little tykes when they are born. What will happend when she says to the “Wait until your mother gets home!” or “Go ask your father!” Another version of this story on NPR.
Here’s a great story of a calf named Herbie, who made a break for it on his way to the slaughterhouse. He ended up at Animal Care and Control in New York, where it was decided that his owners did not have the best intentions for him. He has been released instead to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. You can watch the delightful story on the WCBSTV website.
The reporters closing line:
“After all it is that time of year when a child born in a manger, surrounded by animals, reminded us that we are all, people and animals, unique and living creatures bound together.”
Source: Dawn Watch