DENVER, Colo. - Staff at Denver Zoo have welcomed two new Komodo dragon hatchlings, footage released on April 24 shows.
According to the zoo, the hatchlings, Malcolm and Owen, were as a result of parthenogenesis.
This involves taking a chromosome from just one parent and developing the second chromosome through meiosis.
“That means Malcom and Owen are male, since in Komodos, two identical sex chromosomes make a male, and two different ones make a female,” the zoo said on Facebook.
The zoo has been providing daily updates to patrons on the lives of its animals, as part of a “closed but still caring” campaign prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.