The being pregnant of a 19-year-old two-toed sloth on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo got here as a shock to zoo keepers and employees, however the child sloth born Tuesday seems wholesome, they mentioned.
The Hoffman’s two-toed sloth was born to first-time dad and mom Chalupa, 19, and Bosco, 27, zoo officers mentioned in a information launch. The infant’s gender remains to be unknown — and sure gained’t be for months — so the newborn sloth doesn’t have a reputation but.
Zoo keepers came upon Chalupa was pregnant when vets have been testing her for one thing else, in keeping with the discharge. Chalupa and Bosco had lived collectively for 4 years however confirmed no signal of breeding, in keeping with zoo officers.
Sloths are nocturnal, although, so they might have been breeding within the zoo’s off-hours, officers mentioned.
“Sloths are famously adored for his or her slow-motion existence,” mentioned Joanna Husby, Monkey Pavilion animal care supervisor, within the launch. “Even profitable breeding and conception can take longer for sloth dad and mom than different animals. This child was definitely worth the wait, although.”
Husby known as the newborn “fairly cute,” and mentioned it had darkish fur, eyes and “essentially the most lovely little nostril.” The infant and mother are bonding.
Zoo visits can see Chalupa and her child by way of the Monkey Pavilion, however they are going to be in an exhibit that has extra privateness for just a few months, in keeping with the discharge. Bosco will keep within the common sloth exhibit.