Skip to comments.Giant anteaters separated, reproduce anyway
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."
True love will always find a way!
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.
I'm not posting the other one (although it would be a perfect match to this thread)...
Come on, now... it’s not that hard to sex a rabbit.
I. uh, ummm, errrrr, *BLUSH** nevermind...
sex: verb - to determine the sex of.
What a cutey!
Read all about it, wrt chickens:
Uh-huh! Yeah! Right! Separated, eh?
Yes. But that’s not funny.
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