Texas zoo welcomes newborn sloth

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (WDBJ7) -- Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in Texas is excited to announce the birth of a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth.

The baby was born to Sid and Sylvia, on November 17th.

According to the zoo, the birth was an unexpected surprise for animal care staff members. Due to the sedentary lifestyle of the sloth— who famously sleeps up to 18 hours a day— along with their thick, wiry fur, it is exceedingly difficult to see outward signs of pregnancy.

Animal care staff members are closely monitoring the health of the newborn sloth. Weights are taken of the baby on a daily basis to ensure it is gaining weight and eating healthily. So far, Sylvia is a great parent and has fully embraced motherhood.

Eventually, the young sloth will become an animal ambassador for its species at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo.

The Zoo will be announcing a naming contest for the baby sloth on their Facebook page. The contest opens on December 1st.