The Denver Zoo is hanging on to a seriously precious moment: the recent birth of a Linne’s two-toed sloth on Jan. 28.
Born to Charlotte Greenie and her mate, Elliot, the baby and mother are in healthy condition and made their public debut in their Bird World habitat on Feb. 1. Experts closely monitored the baby sloth with ultrasounds, checkups and weigh-ins to ensure it was experiencing a healthy development. The baby, whose name has yet to be chosen or gender identified, clung to mom immediately after birth and will remain attached for at least six months.
Linne’s two-toed sloths, or Southern two-toed sloths, are found in the rainforests of South America, primarily in Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. They are nocturnal animals that spend 15 to 20 hours a day sleeping, and are active for about an hour after sunset until about two hours before sunrise.