New baby sloth arrives at Denver Zoo, is very cute

It’s the second baby sloth born there since January 2018. Yes you can go see it now.

A baby sloth and its mother at the Denver Zoo. April 16, 2019. (Courtesy Denver Zoo)

A baby sloth and its mother at the Denver Zoo. April 16, 2019. (Courtesy Denver Zoo)

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The Denver Zoo welcomed another baby sloth April 11 — the second newborn sloth to arrive at the zoo in less than two years.

The sloth — which I was recently delighted to learn is called un oso perezoso in Spanish — does not have a name yet and its sex has yet to be determined. It was born to 23-year-old Charlotte and her mate, 28-year-old Elliot, and it’s doing great. They’re all Linne’s two-toed sloths.

The new baby and Charlotte are resting in the Bird World habitat while Elliot and Baby Ruth hang out out-of-exhibit to give them some space, which is very considerate. You, however, are welcome to go visit Charlotte and the new baby, though a press release notes that “a clear view of the baby might be impaired by foliage or Charlotte’s tight embrace.” (Awww.)

A baby sloth and its mother at the Denver Zoo. April 16, 2019. (Courtesy Denver Zoo)

A baby sloth and its mother at the Denver Zoo. April 16, 2019. (Courtesy Denver Zoo)

Known formally as Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth or informally as southern two-toed sloth, are not considered threatened. When not in the Denver Zoo — is found in the rainforests of South America, primarily in Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.

They spend 15 to 20 hours a day sleeping, which sounds nice, and are nocturnal.

There are six species of sloths out there in the world, slothing. Some are two-toed and some are three-toed. The pygmy three-toed and maned are critically endangered and vulnerable, respectively.

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