- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A newborn two-toed sloth has died at Zoo Atlanta.

The infant would have been the zoo’s first two-toed sloth newborn. President and CEO Raymond King says it’s unclear whether the sloth was stillborn or didn’t survive the delivery process.

King says the outcome was sad but zoo staffers are encouraged by the sloth program’s success and hope that the mother, Okra Mae, can produce other offspring in the future.

Zoo staff confirmed that Okra Mae was pregnant via ultrasound in late May. Zoo officials say the sloths are not classified as endangered but wild populations do face threats of habitat destruction and human encroachment.


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