Fluffy Friday

The cutest seven week old sloth is being hand-reared at ZSL London zoo

Published Friday, Jul 31 2015, 00:02 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A baby two-toed sloth is being hand-reared at ZSL London Zoo and it's totally adorable!

It's Fluffy Friday - which means we're giving you an excuse to gaze at a really cute baby sloth for a while!

Zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher, with the help of a special teddy-bear, has taken on the role of surrogate mum to ZSL London Zoo's newest arrival, a tiny baby sloth called Edward. Er, how do we apply for that job please?

Keepers have named the male sloth Edward after Johnny Depp's famous character, Edward Scissorhands, due to those impressive claws. We love a good film reference.

Here's Edward looking seriously cute, feeding from a bottle and giving a big old yawn! Soo cute isn't he?

Seven-week-old two-toed baby sloth at ZSL London Zoo, 30th July 2015

© ZSL London Zoo

The seven-week-old two-toed sloth, born to second-time parents Marilyn and Leander, needed a helping hand when his mum stopped producing milk, and was unable to care for her infant.

A sloth-teddy from the ZSL souvenir shop has come in very handy for Edward's development. To help build up the muscles that he'd normally use holding on to mum, the soft toy is hung from a branch allowing the youngster to climb on and strengthen his little limbs.

Seven-week-old two-toed baby sloth at ZSL London Zoo, 30th July 2015

© ZSL London Zoo

Everyone knows sloths are famed for being ever so laid back and a bit on the slow side, baby Edward is no exception, often taking over an hour to fully wake up for a feed. Oh, we know that feeling only too well!

Kelly-Anne said: "We're bottle-feeding Edward every three hours with goat's milk, topped up with some vitamins to keep him fit and healthy.

"Just like with human baby formula, we heat it up until it's at room temperature, and test its warmth on our wrists – it took him a few days to get used to the bottle, but now he's hungrily suckling as soon as we give it to him.

"If he's feeling particularly hungry he makes a very funny noise to let us know – a sound somewhere between a squeak and a sneeze, but it's very loud and he makes his point!"

To see Edward being super cute in action, yawning, feeding and generally being sloth like, watch the clip below!

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