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Two Baby Two-toed Sloths

Keepers at Loro Parque, in Tenerife, were seeing double this September when mother sloth Bimba gave birth to two a set of twins. Following the birth, the Loro Parque veterinary team stepped in to hand-raise one of the babies as the mother was only able to care for one offspring. Staff member Kirsten became a surrogate mum, tending to the baby Two-toed Sloth at the on-site clinic and taking her "new baby" home every night, where it sleeps next to her bed in a make-shift cot with a toy gorilla for company (see the video!). Both sloths are healthy and progressing well and the park will reunite the twins at a later date. 

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Photo credits: Loro Parque Tenerife / Ulrich Brodde

 


Meet Ruth the Tiny Baby Sloth

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has an exceptionally sleepy and exceptionally adorable new addition - a 6-week-old baby Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth. Born underweight, Ruth as she has been named has bounced back thanks to keepers supplanting her nursing with nutritional formula. Now Ruth is happy, healthy and as active as Two-toed Sloth ought to be, which is to say, pretty laid back. Sloths are not on the endangered species list. However, their habitat is quickly being destroyed, leaving them homeless and vulnerable to a decrease in their population size. They are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) - a collaborative effort between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and zoos around the world to help ensure their survival. 

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Baby two-toed sloth rosamond gifford zoo 1_picnikPhoto credits: Amelia Beamish, Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary Compilation Video

We've covered the great work done by the folks at the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica before but this new video of baby and adult sloths at their facility takes the cake.

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

We think the Sanctuary's Mission statement sums their work up best: To consolidate our Sanctuary as an agency that promotes and implements the protection and rehabilitation of sloths in Costa Rica, through the observation, study, care and analysis of animals in recovery; to promote actions that raise people's awareness and to facilitate education in order to improve the welfare and quality of life of Costa Rica's two species of sloth.

Thanks to reader Olivia Ross for the tip.

Baby Sloths at Aviarios del Caribe

We have featured Costa Rica's sloth rescue center, Aviarios del Caribe, in the past but never any of their incredible baby sloth videos. Enjoy this recent footage and some older video from the world's only sloth rescue center. 

If you are interested in supporting Aviarios del Caribe, adoption information can be found here. Also note that the center includes a boutique hotel for the adventurous so consider planning your next  vacation to sloth-land. 


Baby Bradypus Sloth at Aviarios Sanctuary

The Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary cares for injured and orphaned sloths in Costa Rica. They also lead sloth education efforts to improve the plight of wild sloths. From time to time, they even have a captive birth, including this baby three-toed sloth called a bradypus or pale-throated sloth. 

At 2 days old, the baby bradypus weighed just 425 grams or 15 ounces!

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Here the little guy tries to get a taste of what mom is eating.
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At two weeks he has packed on the pounds, or pound rather, weighing 475 grams or just over 1 lb. 
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You can help the Sloth Sanctuary by adopting a sloth, purchasing items on their wishlist, or even visiting next time you are in the neighborhood in Costa Rica.

Baby Sloths at Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary

The Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica rescues injured and orphaned sloths. Many of these sloths are released back into the wild but often stick around the neighborhood.  

This series of photos follows Joy, a baby sloth born on October 25, 2008 to two of the sanctuary's residents, Juliett and Gigia. Mama Juliet came to the sanctuary with severe electrical burns. However since then she has thrived and become a sweet and gentle resident. Father Gigia was rescued from street vendors when he was a week old. Joy is the pair's their fourth baby.

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In addition to rehabilitation, Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary promotes conservation and sloth interests within Costa Rica. Joy and her parents are two-toed sloths, also called Choloepus. Many many more photos below the fold.

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Golden Lion Tamarind: Hands On with Two-Toed Sloth

Clyde Nishimura got these great shots of Vlad the sloth being tormented by a curious baby golden lion tamarind. The confrontation went down a little over a month ago at the National Zoo.

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The Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) also known as Golden Marmoset, is a small New World monkey of the family Cebidae. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species with an estimated wild population of "more than 1,000 individuals" and a captive population maintained at approximately 490 individuals.

Tiny Two-Toed Sloth at the Central Florida Zoo

Sloth babies are ridiculously cute. Case in point: this adorable two-toed sloth at the Central Florida Zoo born this summer. While sloths in captivity appear brown, grayish or even yellow, wild sloths often appear to have greenish coats because they move so slowly that algae grows on them during the rainy season! 

We all need more baby sloths in our lives.

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