Adventure Aquarium Welcomes Two Baby Sloths
Adventure Aquarium welcomes two Linnaeus’s Two Toed sloths (Choloepus didactylus) named Honey and Molasses, known as Mo.
Honey was born November 26, 2019 and Mo was born December 20, 2019. Honey and Mo arrived at Adventure Aquarium in late March weighing 1.6 kg (3.5lbs) and 1 kg (2.2lbs), growing to a current weight of 3kg (6.6lbs) and 1.6 kg (3.5lbs). The baby sloths were named by the staff of Adventure Aquarium through a naming contest.
Adventure Aquarium’s husbandry team spends time with them daily, hand feeding them and introducing them to new food items, primarily vegetables, leafy greens, leaf eater biscuit. Honey and Mo are learning to be handled daily by their primary caretakers and the biologists are introducing the sloths to various climbing structures to help build their muscles.
Although not yet on permanent exhibit, frequent updates will be shared on social media including a new Slo-down Sunday feature. Once the aquarium reopens the sloths will serve as ambassador animals. Honey and Mo will have a permanent exhibit in 2021.
Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths are the slowest animal in the world. They are nocturnal, sleeping 15 - 20 hours per day, waking at night to eat an herbivore diet of berries, leaves, small twigs, fruits and other vegetation. In the wild they are found in Central and South America living high in the canopies of tropical rainforests. Algae growing on their fur helps camouflage the sloths from predators. Despite their name, the sloth’s hind legs exhibit 3 toes, with their front legs having only 2 webbed toes.
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Adventure Aquarium is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but encourages guests to follow Adventure Aquarium’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and visit its Kids Activities page for behind-the-scenes videos and educational worksheets.