Meet the 3-Day-Old Sloth at Ellen Trout Zoo
February 01, 2014
Only three days old in these photos, this male Linne's Two-toed Sloth born at Texas’s Ellen Trout Zoo is already strong enough to hang onto mom’s fur as she climbs about. The fifth baby for this mother, he arrived on January 16.
At 24 hours old, the baby had his first veterinary exam and was pronounced healthy. He’s already had a small weight gain! Zoo keepers remove the baby from mom daily for a quick weight check. Mom tolerates this interaction because keepers always give her a healthy treat during the baby’s brief exam.
Linne’s Two-toed Sloths are native to the rain forests of northern South America, where they spend most of their lives high in the treetops. These sloths feed on plant material and use their long, hooked claws to suspend themselves from tree branches. Though they are slow-moving, Linne’s Two-toed Sloths are excellent swimmers and can easily cross rivers and streams.
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