St. Louis Zoo says python laid 7 eggs without male helpST. LOUIS (AP) — Experts at the St. Louis Zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two decades. Mark Wanner, manager of herpetology at the zoo, said it unusual but not rare for ball pythons to reproduce asexually. The snakes also sometimes store sperm for delayed fertilization. The birth also is unusual because ball pythons usually stop laying eggs long before they reach their 60s, Wanner said.
This Is the World’s Most Expensive Sheep — and It Just Sold for Almost Half a Million DollarsA Texel sheep called Double Diamond sold for a record price for the breed at a livestock auction in Lanark, near Glasgow, Scotland. The sheep sold for £367,500 (about $492,000 USD). Three breeders apparently teamed up to pay for the expensive, six-month-old sheep.