CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Who needs a mate? Certainly not a female Komodo dragon at a Tennessee zoo.
According to a news release from the Chattanooga Zoo, the female produced three offspring without the assistance of a male, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
The three hatchlings were born at the zoo to Charlie on Aug. 4, 2019, the newspaper reported. DNA testing showed the first-time mother had not produced the eggs with the help of male dragon Kadal. Instead, Charlie reproduced through parthenogenesis, the newspaper reported.
Parthenogenesis is a process where a female can produce offspring without male fertilization, the News Free Press reported.
Charlie and Kadal were paired together, but as it turned out, Charlie did not need any help.
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