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Baby sloth on display at Hilo zoo

HILO — A two-toed sloth born this summer at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is now on display to the public.

The baby sloth, who doesn’t yet have a name and whose gender is still unknown, was born July 25 or 26 at the zoo, zoo Director Pam Mizuno said.

The baby’s father, Sid, was born at the zoo in 2014, while its mother, Akala, was born in 2016 and came from the Honolulu Zoo.

Mizuno said Sid and Akala, who stayed with her new baby, were separated in side-by-side cages in the zoo’s quarantine area to make sure mother and baby were OK, and because they didn’t know how the male would react.

When the new baby “started eating pretty well,” they were reunited, and after a few weeks of “having them together, knowing they got along pretty well,” the sloths returned to public display on Oct. 20.

Everyone who comes to the zoo wants to see the sloths and new baby, she said.

The new sloth will stay at the zoo, for now.

Mizuno said the zoo participates in the “species survival plan” through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the baby may be placed at another zoo for breeding purposes.
Source: The Garden Island

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