VIRGIN BIRTH! Stingray gives birth after cloning themselves
In a shocking scientific development, Freckle, an eleven-year-old stingray, has given birth to a healthy offspring, despite the fact that had no male contact in more than nine years, by means of a ‘cloning’ process is called henogenesis.
In a shocking scientific development, an 11-year-old stingray has given birth to a healthy offspring, despite the fact that had no male contact in more than nine years.
Freckle, an Eagle Ray that lives in the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia, gave birth to a boy of the staff has the name Ani (short for Anakin Skywalker better known as Darth vader) by means of a scientific phenomenon known as parthenogenesis.
henogenesis (virgin origin in the Latin) is seen in this species, but it is uncommon, the Aquarium said in a statement. In the Netherlands, five Eagle Rays were born by parthenogenesis, but no one survived.
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Ani, however, seems to be doing just fine. She was born on July 26, and the team of the aquarium says that she is in good health, swimming, eating, and a demonstration of the habits of a happy and healthy baby Eagle Ray who loves eating mussels and sardine fillets.”
“henogenesis is a very rare reproductive strategy in which an embryo develops without fertilization,” Adam Stow, associate professor in genetics and marine conservation at Macquarie University, said in a statement. “It is a rare appearance among the vertebrate animals such as Eagle Rays — so this is a very special arrival for Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.”
The team first noticed that Freckle might be pregnant more than a month before Esther was born, when Libby Eyre, a senior aquarist and ray trainer at the aquarium, I noticed her belly getting bigger.
“We have noticed that there is something wrong with Freckle in the beginning of June, when her belly was noticeably larger,” Eyre said in the statement. “We initially rejected the pregnancy if there is no male eagle rays in the tank. The time went on and we knew the Freckle was indeed a mother-to-be.”
(Credit: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium)
Eyre continued: “This experience has contributed to the expansion of our already extensive knowledge of this species and will assist us in their current farming systems. A small miracle, we think of Ani proves that we have a top care of this species and what a fantastic job the team is doing.”
Ani is not yet seen in the aquarium, with the team, actively monitoring its progress. Those who are interested in following her journey can get updates on the aquarium’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
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Although parthenogenesis is a rare and very exciting scientific occurrence, it is not the “normal” course of the reproduction of these animals and can be very dangerous for their future. It reduces the genetic diversity in the children and makes them “less robust to the challenges of the world,” the aquarium added.
Freckle, who lives in a tank with another woman Eagle Rays, two Leopard Sharks, White-Spotted Guitarfish (a ray), and various other “bony” fish has had no contact with a man who, since the beginning of 2009.
henogenesis is seen in other species, such as snakes, lizards and some birds. It is even seen in sharks and rays, and that are in the care of the man, including sawfish, blacktip sharks, leopard sharks and several other types.
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In February, a new type of crayfish was discovered, born out of parthenogenesis.
In 2012, a study showed the phenomenon is more common in the wild than previously thought, citing examples such as komodo dragons and various species of snakes.
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