Baby Linne's two-toed sloth born at Rhode Island zoo

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The birth of a Linne's two-toed sloth at a Rhode Island zoo is being hailed as a milestone in efforts to preserve the endangered species.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo announced the sloth was born recently to parents Fiona and Westley.


"This adorable newborn is resting comfortably and keeping close to mom," the zoo said in a Facebook post. "Our incredible staff of zookeepers and veterinarians are keeping a watchful eye over mom and baby to ensure their well-being as they bond behind-the-scenes."

The zoo said the baby is continuing to "grow and gain strength."

"This birth is significant for our Zoo and the sloth population worldwide as we are a part of the Linne's Two-Toed Sloth Species Survival Plan, which focuses on breeding to ensure the survival of a species," the post said.

Zoo officials wrote the baby does not yet have a name.

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