Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford unveils new baby sloth

Thumbnail Sandy Bpzoos Female Hoffman Two Toed Sloth And Her Baby Born At Bpzoo On June 22 2021
Courtesy Buttonwood Park Zoo

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The Buttonwood Park Zoo shared the news of a new baby Hoffman’s two-toed sloth with the public on Monday.

The baby is the first two-toed sloth born at the Zoo in its 127-year history. The baby was born on June 22 to 12-year-old female Sandy and 20-year-old male Bernardo.

The baby sloth will cling to its mother for about a year. Its growth will be monitored with weekly weight checks.

“Sandy is doing a great job,” said Jessica Martinho, a zookeeper who cares for the sloths. “She is sleeping and eating; the baby is nursing – both are doing exactly what they should be doing.”

The sex of the baby has not yet been determined.

For more information, visit bpzoo.org.

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