HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Zoo welcomed its fifth sloth on Sunday, March 7, after a southern two-toed sloth named Harriet gave birth.
The special moment could be seen on the zoo’s live “sloth cam.”
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The Honolulu Zoo says the mother, Harriet, is seven years old, while the father, Quando, is 18.
Sloths usually give birth to one offspring at a time, but do not readily breed in zoos. The lifespan of a sloth in the wild is 15 to 20 years and can be considerably longer in captivity.
According to the zoo, Quando and Harriet are considered a genetically valuable pair.
The birth comes just as the Honolulu Zoo prepares to offer zoo goers increased access with extended operating hours.