Virgin dragon to give birth this Christmas
December 20, 2006
A virgin Komodo dragon will give birth to offspring this Christmas (or thereabouts) at the Chester Zoo in Britain according to researchers.
Komodo dragon in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett Butler
The ability to conceive without a mate has important conservation implications for a species that is today limited to a few remote islands in Indonesia. Scientists say only about 4,000 dragons remain in the wild, putting the species at risk in a region where natural disasters like tsunami or a disease outbreak could easily cause extinction.
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