Seven rare Komodo dragons hatch in Indonesia
SURABAYA (AFP) - Seven Komodo dragons have hatched under a breeding programme at an Indonesian zoo, an official said on Wednesday, a success story that raises hope for the endangered lizard.
Twenty-one eggs from two Komodo dragons were placed in incubation at the Surabaya Zoo in eastern Java, the first batch in September and the second in October, with seven hatching on March 10.
"Some of the eggs from the first Komodo did not hatch, which is normal. We're hoping for another seven or eight from the second clutch, which are due to hatch around April or May," zoo spokesman Anthan Warsito told AFP on Wednesday.
He said the hatchlings were the result of a breeding programme that begins with incubation and involves protecting the young from predatory cannibalistic adult dragons as well as placing microchips in the babies to monitor their progress.