Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Second Coming?

Keeping in tune with the themes of both Christmas AND dragons:

"CHESTER, England - As Christmas approaches, a virgin mother is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her offspring. She’s Flora, the Komodo dragon.
In an evolutionary twist, Flora has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. It would seem the timing is auspicious: The seven baby Komodo dragons are due this festive season.
'We were blown away when we realized what she’d done,' said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora’s home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. 'But we certainly won’t be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus.'"

(Excerpt of Associated Press article by Maria Cheng, Copyright 2006.)


Randy said...

Chester is right on the Welsh border. The dragon is the national symbol of Wales. I'll take this impending immaculate birth not as some reptilian religious miracle, but as a sign of Wales' imminent rise to world power.

Tom Jones will make a benevolent Great Leader.

It's not unusual to be ruled by a Welshman
It's not unusual to be ruled by the Red Dragon...

Pat said...

Chester, PA? Man, I went to college there. Here I could have been visiting Wales all the time and doing beer bongs with the princes.

Randy said...

Welsh culture is unique in its use of the double-L at the beginning of many of its proper names and place-names, such as Llewellyn, Llanddarog, and Llangollen.

Yet the llama is indigenous to South America and evolved completely free of Welsh environs.

Which weakens my theory that the llama originated in the Welsh marches and, over millennia, developed migratory patterns that eventually brought it to the Americas.

Or, as Prof. Lloyd Llanfair of the University of Llanwnog explained, "No, llamas never had wings...What?...Fins neither. Now stop calling, you idiot!"