Charlotte, a stingray with no male companion, is pregnant in her mountain aquarium

 

February 14, 2024



Charlotte, a rust-colored stingray the size of a serving platter, has spent much of her life gliding around the confines of a storefront aquarium in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains.

She's 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) from her natural habitat under the waves off southern California. And she hasn't shared a tank of water with a male of her species in at least eight years.

And yet nature has found a way, the aquarium's owner said: The stingray is pregnant with as many as four pups and could give birth in the next two weeks.

"Here's our girl saying, 'Hey, Happy Valentine's Day! Let's have...



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