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  • Archie, a baby male giant anteater, clings to his mother, Armani's, back at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn.

      Archie, a baby male giant anteater, clings to his mother, Armani's, back at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn.
    Associated Press/May 10

 
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GREENWICH, Conn. -- An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.

Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center tell the Greenwich Time they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun.

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They feared that male, Alf, would kill another baby in the pen.

That left the mother Armani, and the young female, Alice, in the enclosure.

But little Archie was born in April anyway.

Marcella Leone, founder and director of the conservation center, suspects this might be a rare case of delayed implantation, when fertilized eggs remain dormant in the uterus for a period of time.

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