We are thrilled to welcome the newest addition to the Upland Tropical Rain Forest – a two-toed sloth born in late February.
While escorting a sleepover group through the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a member of the Aquarium’s education team noticed the new addition. The next day it was confirmed that Rose, one of three adult sloths living in the exhibit, had given birth to her second infant. The newborn joins its older brother, Howie, who was the first sloth born at the National Aquarium in September 2008.
The new baby has been clinging to its mother, and aquarists suspect it will remain that way for several weeks. At this time the sex of the baby is undetermined. At birth it was approximately 8 inches long and fully haired with its trademark claws. As time goes on, the young sloth will begin exploring its immediate surroundings and eating solid foods. Sloths can remain dependent on their mothers for up to one year. Our animal care staff will respect the natural process and allow Rose to care for her baby.
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From Ken Howell: Curator of Rain Forest exhibits
We are very excited to announce a new addition to our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit!
Earlier in September, during the daily check-up of our two-toed sloths, we found that Rose had given birth to an infant. The infant, approximately 8 inches long at birth, was born fully haired and already has its trademark claws. The baby sloth is actively clinging and crawling about on its mom, and looks strong and healthy.
This birth of a baby sloth, the first for the Aquarium, was certainly a ‘hoped for’ event but wasn’t planned. Despite the fact that the two-toed sloth is fairly common, many of its most basic life history facts are still a mystery. The discrepancy is due to the fact that actual mating is rarely observed.
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Staff members in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest welcomed a new scarlet ibis to their collection of birds earlier this week. This beautiful South American bird came to the National Aquarium from the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
The scarlet ibis is hard to miss! Adults are bright red or scarlet, with somewhat lighter shading on the head, neck, and underparts. The long legs of this wading bird are pink, and the toes are partially webbed. They use their long, curved, pinkish-brown bill to probe the mudflats, shallow water, and grasses in search of food.