The two-toed sloth was born on Oct. 31 and was flown in from Florida.
"They're such unique animals," said Dr. Pilar Fish, Veterinary Director at the Aviary. "You have to slow everything down to adapt to them. But just knowing what's normal and natural for a sloth is a first step in being able to provide high-quality care for them."
The aviary says the sloth will play an integral role in outreach and education programs. It will also serve as an ambassador for rainforest species. The sloth will make its public aviary debut on Friday.
Bedtime for baby sloth! He has to be seriously snuggled to stay warm. pic.twitter.com/g1rokMYxzg— National Aviary (@National_Aviary) February 9, 2016
The baby sloth does not have a name yet. National Aviary officials say the public will have the opportunity to bid in an auction for the chance to name him. Those details will be released later.
Anyone who would like to help welcome this baby sloth is asked to donate a Baby Shower gift in any amount to help cover the cost of all the items needed to care for the baby sloth.
The baby sloth has finally arrived at the National Aviary! After his very busy morning, he is now resting. pic.twitter.com/Z3Ft5FJsqN— National Aviary (@National_Aviary) February 8, 2016
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