Baby sloth welcomed after hard birth at Providence zoo

The new member of the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, was born May 13 after a difficult labor, according to an announcement on the zoo’s Facebook page shared May 18. However, the mother, named Fiona, as well as dad Wesley, are safe with their newborn.

“Veterinarians and animal care staff manually assisted with the birth when it was clear that Fiona was not able to make additional progress,” the Facebook post reads. “At first the baby was not moving, but after being warmed finally responded.”

The statement continues, “Today mom and baby are doing well but will require lots of continual love and care. Thank you to our incredible team for all that they do.”

Tuesday update added that the infant was still doing well, clocking in at a hefty 1 ½ pounds — “quite large compared to other newborn sloths.”

More than 700 followers of the zoo on social media came to congratulate their growing family of Linnaeus’ two-toed sloths (named for 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus), which are native to the Amazon rainforest.

“Awe best thing I have seen on the internet in a very long time,” writes Facebook user Tammy Jean. “That made my day! Thanks for saving that little one!”

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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An adorable baby sloth has arrived in the world to bring some much-needed joy.