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Honolulu Zoo welcomes newborn sloth

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo welcomed a newborn sloth last week.

The southern two-toed sloth is the sixth baby to be born at the Honolulu Zoo between mom Harriet, 9, and dad Quando, 19.

Three of their children have been shipped to other zoos — including Panaʻewa Zoo in Hilo.

Sloths can survive in the wild for 15 to 20 years, and considerably longer in captivity.

The reproductive organs for sloths are internal and therefore its sex has not been determined.

The baby sloth will be named in several months after the results of the DNA tests come back.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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