SAN ANTONIO -- The hatching of a Komodo dragon almost four months after his mother's death has cheered San Antonio Zoo employees and visitors.

The Komodo dragon named Phoenix went on display late last week at the zoo. Phoenix was born on April 3.

His mother, Scatha, along with five other reptiles died in December fire caused when a hot mat shorted out.

Craig Pelke, curator of reptiles, amphibians and aquatics, tells the San Antonio Express-News ( ), Scatha was one of our favorites. She was my favorite animal at the zoo, so from an emotional standpoint, it has even more significance to us.

Pelke says that about four months before she died, Scatha buried about eight eggs. Zoo workers then unearthed and incubated them. Phoenix was the only one to survive.


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