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Octopus.
A pregnant Florence

O is for octopus - and for one in particular; Florence.

Florence made headlines after accomplishing the rare feat of breeding whilst in captivity.

Florence was found to be pregnant in December 2000, following her arrival in Norfolk from Florida.

egg.
A little snip to freedom

The public immediately took the octopus to their hearts.

Thousands of extra visitors poured into the garden centre at Fakenham to catch sight of the amazing mum, after she had laid her 60 eggs and they began to hatch.

In the wild, the mother stops eating while brooding her eggs and does not survive after they hatch, as they do not have the energy to hunt.

During her weeks in the limelight, her followers had their hopes raised that she would defy nature as she began to feed and gain strength.

baby octopus.
Baby emerges from its sac.

But Norfolk's famous multi-legged mum finally succumbed to the forces of nature.

Her 50th baby emerged from its sac on February 12 and Florence died that afternoon. It is believed she died from exhaustion.


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