This video may be a few months old but it’s still well worth a watch and in addition, thanks to her babies, the mother was spared her life.
Stingrays are closely related to sharks and are ovoviviparous, meaning the embryos develop inside eggs that are retained within the mother’s body until they are ready to hatch. They don’t just lay eggs or, like marsupials, have a pouch where the young grow until they’re old enough to leave their mother.
Amazingly, stingrays have been known to store sperm inside their bodies for up to 2 years until “the time is right” to be fertilised.
Nature sure is clever… If only we could do that!