Conservation Officials Have No Idea, Considering Male Has Not Visited Mom

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — There’s a mystery in this well-to-do town and it’s not one of murder and mayhem.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Friday, it has to do with the birth of a baby anteater.

In this town of prosperity, where polite company doesn’t speak of “conception,” there’s a hush-hush question about “Archie” the anteater.

Who’s your daddy?

“We are puzzled. We are puzzled. This is not supposed to happen,” said Marcella Leone of the Leo Zoological Conservation Center.

Archie, who is 1 month old, lives at the conservation center, where his mother is suitably named “Armani.”

Last August she gave birth to a sister named “Alice,” and at that point the father, named “Alf,” was removed.

Anteaters have a gestation period of six months, officials said.

But Armani and Alf hadn’t been back together for 10 1/2 months.

“I’m totally surprised. Walk in one morning and a baby is on her back,” Leone said.

It makes you wonder if Alf sneaked his way into Armani’s boudoir.

“Certainly not without the aid of a human. Absolutely not. Impossible,” Leon said.

What’s suspected is a case of delayed implantation: when fertilized eggs remain dormant for some time in the mammal’s uterus.

“That means they can hold their pregnancy until the timing is right,” Leone said.

In the spot where a baby giraffe was born and where zebra abound, could there have been another male anteater?

“He’s the only one in Greenwich and the only one in Connecticut that I know of,” Leone said.

The mystery remains. Were the mom and her baby just delayed in coming about? Or did Alf decide where there’s a will, there’s a way?

The anteaters, which are fed a special diet in captivity, eat 30,000 termites a day, in the wild.

The cost of membership at the private conservation center begins at $10,000.

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