Baby sloth born at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

Chicago’s newest mammal is in no hurry to do, well, anything. A Hoffman’s two-toed sloth at the Lincoln Park Zoo gave birth to a healthy infant on Feb. 15, though the zoo does not yet know if it’s male or female, and has not yet named it.

“The baby is nursing, clinging well and appears healthy,” says zoo curator Diane Mulkerin.

The baby is the first child for the 20-year-old mother, and the latest in a string of new arrivals at the Chicago area’s two zoos. Burma, acritically endangered white-cheeked gibbon at the Lincoln Park Zoo, gave birth in early January, anda litter of wild African pups was born at the Brookfield Zoo on Thanksgiving Day.

In addition, Shedd Aquarium announced this week that one of its dolphins is pregnant and is expected to give birth in late May.

You can see mother and infant at the zoo’s Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House (turn right at the lion house and head down the path). Hoffman’s two-toed sloths are nocturnal, so look for the sleeping infant clinging to mom’s chest.

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