Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Fans on Facebook can name Busch Gardens' baby sloth

The female baby sloth born at Busch Gardens on April 2 needs a name, and the park is asking the public to vote on its Facebook page.

She is a Linne's two-toed sloth, and park visitors can see the cutie and her mama, Daisy, at Jambo Junction at Busch Gardens. Another recently born baby sloth, a Hoffman's two-toed sloth born March 24, already has a name: Kodiak, or Koda for short.

The three name choices picked by the park's animal care staff have special meanings. Voting is going on through June 6. The names are:

• Lily, which means "majesty and honor"

• Iris, which means "hope and friendship"

• Yiscel, which means "beautiful girl." It's in honor of Yiscel Yanguez, the co-founder of the Panamerican Conservation Association, who rescues, rehabilitates, and releases sloths and other wildlife in Panama.

According to a park news release, some of the baby's milestones thus far include eating solids like pears and mangos, and venturing to hang on its own.

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