Video: Busch Gardens welcomes 2 baby sloths

Video: Busch Gardens welcomes 2 baby sloths 1
Posted at 3:30 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 12:54:50-04

TAMPA -- Busch Gardens welcomed two baby sloths. The sloths weigh only 6 to 19 ounces each.

The newest Hoffman's two-toed sloth was born March 24, and a Linne's two-toed sloth was born April 2.

Guests will be able to see both baby sloths in the coming weeks in the park and at Jambo Junction, Busch Gardens' home to animal ambassadors who represent their counterparts in the wild.

Hoffman's two-toed sloth

Born to mother, Grizzly, and father, Teddy, the 4-week-old baby Hoffman's sloth weighed in at 186 grams (6.6 ounces) at birth. After noticing that the baby was not nursing regularly, the animal care team made the decision to hand-nurse the baby via syringe every two hours.

The baby is currently healthy and under 24-hour watch.

Linne's two-toed sloth

Weighing 550 grams (19.4 ounces) at birth, the 3-week-old baby Linne's sloth was born to first-time mother, Daisy, and father, Mario.

The baby is currently healthy and being cared for by its mother with the animal care team monitoring closely.