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Delayed implantation puzzles officials

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

Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Centre said they had removed Alf, the only male anteater, from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun. They feared Alf would kill another baby in the pen.

That left the mother Armani, and a young female, Alice, in the enclosure. But Archie was born in April anyway. The director of the conservation centre, suspects this might be a rare case of delayed implantation, when fertilised eggs remain dormant in the uterus for a period of time.

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