Zoo in Georgia welcomes baby sloth

ATLANTA (WVLT) -- Zoo Atlanta is celebrating a new addition this month.

Bonnie, an 18-year-old Hoffman's two-toed sloth, gave birth to a baby on November 4. According to a release, the baby was first detected via ultrasound.

“We’re delighted about the birth of Bonnie’s infant and are looking forward to sharing more about its growth and development,” said Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD, Vice President of Collections and Conservation. “Animal adaptations make up some of the most fascinating educational facts we have to share with our guests. This is especially true of the sloth, an animal about which so much is unusual compared with other mammals.”

According to the release, newborn sloths are born fully-furred, with their eyes open and teeth, along with fully-developed claws, following a gestation period of 11 to 12 months. They start eating solid foods within two weeks of birth.

For more information on Bonnie and her baby, go here.