CHESTER Zoo’s Komodo Dragon Flora is famous as the sister who did it for herself when it came to breeding.
Having never had the company of a male dragon, Flora hit the headlines when, undeterred, she reproduced without ever having come close to one of her own kind.
And Flora has one again proved no mate means no problem with the arrival of another Komodo Dragon hatchling.
Flora is now the first Komodo Dragon in the world to twice reproduce through a process known as parthenogenesis.
Originally ‘mum’ to seven Komodo hatchlings, Flora has welcomed another new, unnamed male to the fold.
Kevin Buley, Chester Zoo’s head of zoo programmes, said: “The absence of a strong male partner really doesn’t seem to trouble Flora. Flora remains determined to do her own sweet thing with fantastic results.”
Flora’s solitary existence, however, is going to be short-lived and in a few months time she will finally get to cosy up with dragon Norman who has made his home at Chester.