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Giant anteaters separated, reproduce anyway
upi ^ | May 19, 2013

Posted on 05/20/2013 7:55:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono

GREENWICH, Conn.,- A giant anteater at a Connecticut conservation center gave birth even though she had been separated from her mate for several months, zoo officials said.

Tenders at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn., said they were surprised to find giant anteater Armani had given birth to baby Archie one morning in April.

They said she had been separated from her mate, Alf, since she gave birth to their daughter, Alice, in August.

Male anteaters are known to commit infanticide, so keepers had moved Alf into a separate enclosure at the time, only reuniting the couple recently, the Greenwich Times reported Friday.

The gestation period for giant anteaters is six months, which didn't give Armani and Alf enough time to reproduce again, conservation staff said.

"It's a bit of a mystery," said Marcella Leone, founder and director of the center.

She said the pregnancy may have been the result of delayed implantation, in which a fertilized egg remains dormant in the uterus for a period of time.

Stacey Belhumeur, special survival plan coordinator for the North American population of giant anteaters, said that was unlikely.

"My guess is they thought they had him separated," Belhumeur said. "We've seen incredible feats of breeding success. We've had animals breed through fences."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: anteaters; zoo


1 posted on 05/20/2013 7:55:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

~~~A giant anteater at a Connecticut conservation center gave birth even though she had been separated from her mate for several months, zoo officials said.~~~

Reminds me of a certain nativity story involving a goat-herder.


2 posted on 05/20/2013 8:00:56 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: JoeProBono

True love will always find a way!


3 posted on 05/20/2013 8:03:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

~~~”It’s a bit of a mystery,” said Marcella Leone, founder and director of the center.~~~

Don’t worry, Marcella. We can always have some folks Photoshop a birth certificate with whatever data y’all want on there.


4 posted on 05/20/2013 8:05:30 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: JoeProBono
Another pic:

5 posted on 05/20/2013 8:05:38 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: F15Eagle


6 posted on 05/20/2013 8:06:31 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER


7 posted on 05/20/2013 8:10:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: MrB

Boy those were great shows - Byner was hilarious as Martin and Bishop.


8 posted on 05/20/2013 8:10:54 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: JoeProBono

Looks like some ants are going to have a bad day.


9 posted on 05/20/2013 8:11:38 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: JoeProBono

Two “male” rabbits, three months old, suddenly, babies!

Daddy moved immediately to separate cage. One month later, babies!

Daddy neutered. Vet says you can put him back in with mommy. One month later, babies!

Thank God, that was the last litter.


10 posted on 05/20/2013 8:11:43 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: JoeProBono

I'm not posting the other one (although it would be a perfect match to this thread)...

11 posted on 05/20/2013 8:11:51 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: heartwood

Come on, now... it’s not that hard to sex a rabbit.


12 posted on 05/20/2013 8:13:35 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: heartwood


13 posted on 05/20/2013 8:16:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: MrB
Come on, now... it’s not that hard to sex a rabbit.

I. uh, ummm, errrrr, *BLUSH** nevermind...

14 posted on 05/20/2013 8:17:43 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void

sex: verb - to determine the sex of.


15 posted on 05/20/2013 8:18:46 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: JoeProBono

What a cutey!


16 posted on 05/20/2013 8:19:34 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: null and void

Read all about it, wrt chickens:
http://www.insidejobs.com/jobs/chicken-sexer


17 posted on 05/20/2013 8:19:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: F15Eagle
"even though she had been separated from her mate for several months,"

Uh-huh! Yeah! Right! Separated, eh?

18 posted on 05/20/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("God bless Planned Parenthood"- B.H.Obama, 2013)
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To: null and void

19 posted on 05/20/2013 8:21:14 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: MrB

Yes. But that’s not funny.


20 posted on 05/20/2013 8:37:31 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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21 posted on 05/20/2013 8:37:54 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: MrB

You admit that in a public forum?


22 posted on 05/20/2013 8:49:24 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: G Larry

Almost as good as Limbaugh’s “farding” skit.


23 posted on 05/20/2013 8:51:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

We trusted the seller. Saw the humping, thought it was dominance display. Which they will do, male on male.


24 posted on 05/20/2013 8:58:19 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: JoeProBono
Giant anteaters separated, reproduce anyway

'Seems to be a lot of that going on these days.

A friend of mine separated from his (now ex-) wife for a short time, and she reproduced anyway.

25 posted on 05/20/2013 9:12:14 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Jess Kitting

26 posted on 05/20/2013 9:32:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

27 posted on 05/20/2013 9:43:37 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JoeProBono
After all, this is Connecticut. *The Land of Steady Habits.*


28 posted on 05/20/2013 9:53:51 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Daffynition

29 posted on 05/20/2013 10:01:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Monkey Face

Baby anteater ping.


30 posted on 05/20/2013 10:06:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: F15Eagle

Joseph was a carpenter. Who was involved in the nativity story that was a goat herder?


31 posted on 05/20/2013 10:29:29 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (I haven't even started to procrastinate.)
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To: JoeProBono
What a weird critter!


32 posted on 05/20/2013 11:56:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Shimmer1

Not that ... nativity story.

Think about it.


33 posted on 05/20/2013 1:56:55 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Oh. Oh. THAT nativity story. duhhhhh. LOL


34 posted on 05/20/2013 2:13:45 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (I haven't even started to procrastinate.)
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