Baby sloths are fed and learn to climb

Unfortunately, the little sloths in the video are orphans, but luckily the lovely people at the wildlife sanctuary “Toucan Rescue Ranch” took them in and are teaching them to climb. The plush animals are nursed and cared for there until they are big enough to be released back into the wild.

The video was recorded by zoologist Lucy Cooke. She can also be seen in the film herself, explaining that the baby sloths do their climbing exercises on rocking chairs. The advantage of this method is that rocking chairs are as flexible as trees and branches. This means that the sloths can learn on safe ground how they will later have to move in their natural environment.

Lucy Cooke then talks a bit more about the different personalities of the little two-toed and three-toed sloths. Little Marley, for example, is a bit lazy and likes to just hook onto the bottom of the rocking chair to be rocked to sleep. Mocha looks incredibly cute and fluffy, but can be quite aggressive. Because of this, Cooke says, it’s important to emphasize that sloths belong in the wild and are by no means suitable as pets.

04/21/2013 – 02:01 p.m

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