Capron Park Zoo, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, welcomed a baby Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth on August 24.
Because the little sloth sticks close to mom, veterinarians still don’t know the sex, but they report that the baby is moving around on its own. The Zoo is also happy to share that the baby sloth is learning to eat solid food…by taking it right from mom’s paws and mouth!
Hoffmann’s two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) is a species native to Central and South America.
It is solitary, largely nocturnal and arboreal. The species prefers mature and secondary rainforests and deciduous forests.
The Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth is currently classified as “Least Concern” by the IUCN. However, habitat destruction is causing a gradual decrease in the wild population.