Zoo Baby Alert: The Denver Zoo welcomes a baby sloth

The yet-to-be named and gender identified baby has spent a few days resting and bonding with mom and makes her public debut today.

The new baby Linne's two-toed sloth at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)
The new baby Linne's two-toed sloth at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)
The new baby Linne’s two-toed sloth at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)

The Denver Zoo announced the arrival of a baby Linne’s two-toed sloth, born Jan. 28 to the zoo’s 21-year-old female sloth, Charlotte Greenie, and her 27-year-old mate, Elliot.

The yet-to-be named baby has spent a few days resting and bonding with mom and makes her public debut today. Its gender hasn’t been announced.

The baby clung to Charlotte immediately after birth and will stay attached for at least six months, the zoo wrote in a press release, trying to make us all cry.

The new baby Linne's two-toed sloth with its mother, Charlotte Greenie, at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)
The new baby Linne’s two-toed sloth with its mother, Charlotte Greenie, at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)

Charlotte spent 10 months pregnant, during which she went through the standard expecting mother routine of regular ultrasounds, checkups and weigh-ins. To make weigh-ins easier, zoo keepers connected a branch with a scale.

Linne’s two-toed sloths, otherwise known as southern two-toed sloths, live in South American rainforests, mainly those in Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. As you might perhaps expect, they sleep a lot — 15 to 20 hours per day. They’re also nocturnal.

Visitors are likely to be able to see the new baby, but the press release — which is really coming for our feelings today — says the view might be obstructed by the foliage or Charlotte’s embrace.

The new baby Linne's two-toed sloth with its mother, Charlotte Greenie, at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)
The new baby Linne’s two-toed sloth with its mother, Charlotte Greenie, at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of the Denver Zoo)

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