Brevard Zoo Welcomes First Baby Sloth

A baby sloth at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.
A baby sloth at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – The Brevard Zoo welcomed a new baby sloth to their zoo. On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Tango, a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth gave birth to an 11.2-ounce baby at around 5 pm.

Her newborn baby, who has not been named, will be hand raised by Lauren Hinson, a curator of animals at the Zoo.

“When we found the baby away from Tango, we tried to reunite them,” said Lauren Hinson. “But the new mother was not nursing, nor did she show interest in the newborn. Tango is a first-time mother whose inexperience likely led her to not care for the little one.”

Hinson is responsible for providing round-the-clock care for the new baby sloth, who is fed goat’s milk every 2 1/2 hours. She will be expected to provide substantial care for it, for a minimum of five months, after that she will begin the weaning process.

The father of this newborn sloth is named Dustin. The sex of this newborn is unknown; sometimes laboratory testing is needed to determine the sex.

Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths are also known as unau, the southern two-toed sloth, or Linne’s two-toed sloth. It can be found mainly in Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil north of the Amazon River.

These sloths are known for their slow-paced lifestyle. The Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths face challenges from the exotic pet trade in South and Central America and habitat loss.

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Tina Hodges works full-time as our travel writer for Palm Bay Daily. She is also the Editorial Manager at Sebastian Daily. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied at Indian River Community College. Tina worked at Dooney & Bourke for many years. She has lived in Florida all of her life.
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