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Zookeepers stunned to discover birth of rare baby sloth

Gestation typically lasts six months, but keepers only realized Flo was pregnant when they noticed movement around her stomach last month.

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Zookeepers had "a lovely surprise" when they discovered a baby sloth as they went to deliver food to the enclosure. (Dudley Zoo via SWNS).

By Bradley Stokes via SWNS

Zookeepers were stunned when they discovered a rare baby sloth as they fed the animals their supper.

The new arrival is the first Linne's two-toed sloth to be born at Dudley Zoo in its 85-year history.

The baby, whose sex is not yet known, was born to proud parents Flo and Reggie, both three, on April 4.

Zoo curator Richard Brown said staff were "thrilled" at the surprise arrival.

He said: "It was a lovely surprise for staff to discover the baby, especially as Flo wasn't showing signs of being in labor during the day.

"We know the news will be as exciting for our visitors as it is for our staff as we're very aware our pair of sloths are our most popular animals on site.

Zookeepers had "a lovely surprise" when they discovered a baby sloth as they went to deliver food to the enclosure. (Dudley Zoo via SWNS
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"The baby seems healthy and alert as it snuggles up to mom, who is doing wonderfully and taking first-time motherhood in her stride, while dad Reggie looks on proudly."

The baby's mom Flo arrived at the zoo in August 2020 as part of a European breeding program.

Gestation typically lasts six months, but keepers only realized Flo was pregnant when they noticed movement around her stomach last month.

The new arrival will be named as soon as the sex is confirmed.

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