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The TikTok family's new octopus had a big surprise for her!

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When Cameron Clifford bought his son a pet octopus, he had no idea what adventures awaited them.

The family shares their exciting journey on TikTok and now has more than 380,000 followers who are invested in every plot twist of this adventure so far.

One family pet became many in no time!

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A few weeks ago, Clifford posted a video called “How to Buy an Octopus 101” in which he shared information about how his family got their new exotic pet.

“We chose a California two-spot octopus,” the video explains. “AKA, the Bimac.”

They explained that the tank needed to be “escape-proof” and that they needed “a lot of live food” for their new friend.

A follow-up video explained that her new pal Terrance had arrived.

“When Bimacs enter a new tank, they are shy and usually hide for a few days,” they explained. “Not Terrance! He walked around the pool for hours, watching us and probably judging us.”

The full video can be found here.

A few videos later, Terrance started acting strangely

Shortly after introducing Terrance to TikTok, the family noticed their new pal was acting strangely.

“Terrance had been acting strangely. She hadn’t left her den for a few days,” they explained in the video. “So we got her some new friends to cheer her up. And then we realized Terrance had laid her eggs.”

Then the family came to a sad realization.

“She will die soon,” the video concludes.

One viewer commented: “It's like Charlotte's Web but with Terrance.” Another person added: “No it can't end like that. It’s been so great watching your journey!”

But it doesn't end like that…

Another video explains what's going on

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Another video tells more of the story of what's going on with Terrance.

“We were with Terrance for about two months before she laid eggs. This signals the end of the Bimac female’s lifespan,” the video explains. “Whether the female mate or not, she lays about 40 to 70 eggs. Whether fertilized or not, she will constantly protect them, ignore the need to feed, and take care of herself.”

While Terrance still interacts with the family, she doesn't leave the eggs alone for a minute. Nothing can get them out of the cave.

“After analyzing the timing of their egg-laying and finding that the eggs remained clear, we concluded that they could not be fertilized, which our expert contacts confirmed,” they said. “Terrance will basically spend the rest of her life protecting empty balls.”

They explained that “one positive aspect” was that she was willing to be hand-fed. But even as they hand-fed her, the family was told she would likely die within four to eight weeks.

A plot twist!

In another follow-up video, two months after Terrance laid her eggs, the family was preparing for the day they would have to say their final goodbyes.

Then something wonderful happened. One night while I was cleaning the aquarium, one of the eggs came loose from the cavity. When the egg was examined under the light, two microscopic black dots were seen.

“Before I could process what I was seeing, the egg deflated and a large, clear drop burst from the top,” the video says. “The droplet then spread eight tiny tentacles.”

A baby octopus!

“TERRANCE'S LEGACY LIVESSS!” wrote one follower in the comments section. Another said: “This is a bloody miracle.”

And there are many more new babies now!

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There's not just one baby now. Many other eggs hatched.

The family is receiving support from a friend to care for all the new babies. And Terrance is doing well so far, although the family knows that Bimacs don't live too long after laying their eggs.

A recently shared video explains more about baby bimacs.

“Baby Bimacs are exponentially more sensitive to water parameters than adults, particularly temperature. For this reason, transporting these Bimacs is extremely risky, essentially a death sentence,” they explained. “So it’s up to us to take care of them.”

Each of the babies is currently in their own “tiny octopus house” and the family has a big task ahead of them.

“Between catching the runaways, changing the water, adding more shrimp and putting all the babies back in the tank and caring for the mother, it would take two to three hours every day,” they said. “After a whole week since Pearl [the first baby] After hatching, we somehow managed to catch, house and feed exactly 50 young animals in total.

The full video can be found here.

You can keep up with the adventures of Terrance and her many babies on TikTok.