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Cute baby sloths born at Busch Gardens (w/video)

Busch Gardens has baby news: Two sloths have been born at the Tampa theme park in recent weeks, and the pictures are adorable.

The babes are a Hoffman's two-toed sloth born March 24 and a Linne's two-toed sloth born on April 2.

They are still under the watch of the park's animal care team, but visitors will be able see both baby sloths in the coming weeks in the park and at Jambo Junction.

Born to mother Grizzly and father Teddy, the four-week-old Hoffman's sloth weighed in at 6.6 ounces at birth. But the baby was not nursing regularly, the animal care team made the decision to hand-nurse the baby via syringe, the park said in a news release. The baby is currently healthy and under 24-hour watch.

The bigger newborn was 19.4 ounces at birth, a now three-week-old Linne's sloth 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," the park news release said.

"Busch Gardens will share information about these newest babies with the scientific community," the park said of its role as a zoological facility, "as not much is documented about the gestation of these species.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Cute baby sloths born at Busch Gardens (w/video) 04/21/16 [Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:17pm]
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