Virgin Komodo Dragon Prepares To Give Birth
In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons.
"We were blown away when we realized what she'd done," said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora's home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. "But we certainly won't be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus."
Other reptile species reproduce asexually in a process known as parthenogenesis. But Flora's virginal conception, and that of another Komodo dragon earlier this year at the London Zoo, are the first time it has been documented in a Komodo dragon.
I, for one, welcome the arrival of our new Komodo Jesus overlords.
And Merry Christmas! Peace to all men of good will... except the obtuse people who either try to glorify their own petty sacrificial religion on the back of our holiday, and the seculars who refuse to celebrate it. Christmas is our holiday, a holiday about pagan rituals and symbols, about food and plenty, about winter, about gifts, about commercialism, about celebrating and joy. You can stay grumpy, I'm celebrating.