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Seven baby dragons hatch at Indonesian zoo

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 00:51

March 18 - A zoo in Surabaya, Indonesia welcomes seven Komodo dragon babies. Sharon Reich reports.

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They are just eight days old, but these baby Komodo dragons are already refining their palate. They're feasting on a specially made mixture of raw meat and eggs prepared at their new home, the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia. SOUNDBITE: Surabaya Zoo spokesperson, Anthan Warsito, saying (Bahasa Indonesia) : "We have successfully hatched seven Komodo Dragon babies from 21 eggs we collected from two female komodos." Since the Komodo dragon is listed as an endangered species, the zoo has taken extra precaution and artificially incubated the eggs, in the hope they'll have a better chance of survival. It's a technique they've been using since the 1990s. And with a bit of luck, 10 more eggs should hatch later this month, adding to their existing family of 63 dragons.

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Seven baby dragons hatch at Indonesian zoo

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 00:51