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Vilix'pran was a Starfleet crew member assigned to Deep Space 9 in the 2370s.

In 2371, he was assigned to cargo inventory, but Julian Bashir made a request for the ensign's transfer because he was budding with twins. Bashir and Miles O'Brien were throwing him a baby shower; O'Brien was also building him a hatchling pond, while Bashir had ordered baby clothes from Elim Garak. A prior budding had produced four offspring. (DS9: "Heart of Stone")

By 2373, Vilix'pran had been promoted to lieutenant, and was in the process of budding for a third time. Doctor Bashir indicated this would bring the total number of children between eight and eighteen, indicating the nature of his species' reproductive system produces litters of two to twelve (as Vilix'pran already had 6 children). Bashir indicated that Major Kira should expect a request soon for larger quarters. (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

Jake Sisko babysat his hatchlings on several occasions, a task which involved preventing their wings from getting tangled. (DS9: "Business as Usual")

Vilix'pran's species was not revealed on the series. It seems that his species shorten their names when used in general conversation, as he was sometimes just called Pran. In "Business as Usual", Jake referred to Vilix'pran as Ensign Pran. Presumably, this was just a slip of the tongue, and Vilix'pran was still a Lieutenant.

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