London zoo has got a brand new baby sloth, and he is all kinds of cute.
The seven-week-old two-toed sloth has been named Edward, after Edward Scissorhands due to his massive claws.
Unfortunately little Edward’s mother has stopped producing milk, so he is being cared for by zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher.
The task is giving Kelly-Anne a lesson in patience, as sloths are notoriously slow creatures.
She often has to wait several minutes for the little guy to emerge from a deep sleep before she can feed him.
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.’
‘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!’
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In the wild sloths only leave their tree-top habitats once a week to go to the toilet.
They move so slowly partly due to their poor diet of leaves which doesn’t give them much nutrition.
Sometimes sloths are found in the wild with mould growing in their fur, even though the sloth itself may be completely healthy, due to their lethargic lifestyles.