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UK: Baby sloth cuddles soft toy to build strength after mum stops lactating00:58

UK: Baby sloth cuddles soft toy to build strength after mum stops lactating

United Kingdom, London
July 31, 2015 at 10:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Edward, a seven week old baby sloth, could be seen cuddling up to his new friend, a soft toy from the gift shop, at London Zoo on Friday.

The two toed baby sloth is being hand reared by the zoo's employees, after his mum Marilyn stopped producing milk. However zoo keepers were concerned for Edward, as sloths normally build up their strength by holding on to their mothers. They thought without a mother to climb all over the little baby sloth might never gain enough muscle to lead a healthy life, so they decided to find a suitable surrogate for Edward to cling on to and climb over.

Zookeepers got a sloth teddy from the gift shop and fitted it out with carabiners so it could be safely hung from a tree branch. Edward is still being bottle fed with goat's milk every three hours but in between he can build up extra strength and practice his sloth moves, hanging on to his new surrogate mum.

Video courtesy of: Zoological Society of London

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Edward, a seven week old baby sloth, could be seen cuddling up to his new friend, a soft toy from the gift shop, at London Zoo on Friday.

The two toed baby sloth is being hand reared by the zoo's employees, after his mum Marilyn stopped producing milk. However zoo keepers were concerned for Edward, as sloths normally build up their strength by holding on to their mothers. They thought without a mother to climb all over the little baby sloth might never gain enough muscle to lead a healthy life, so they decided to find a suitable surrogate for Edward to cling on to and climb over.

Zookeepers got a sloth teddy from the gift shop and fitted it out with carabiners so it could be safely hung from a tree branch. Edward is still being bottle fed with goat's milk every three hours but in between he can build up extra strength and practice his sloth moves, hanging on to his new surrogate mum.

Video courtesy of: Zoological Society of London

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