SEP 01, 2015 7:15 AM PDT

Zookeepers Stand In for Sloth Mom


A baby sloth, who otherwise would have starved, has been taken under the care of London Zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher. The baby, named Edward after the character of Edward Scissorhands, played by Johnny Depp, was at risk because his mother had stopped producing milk and was unable to care for him. Kelly-Anne stepped up immediately to help, using a combination of goats' milk and vitamins to bottle feed Edward.

Since a sloth must develop arm muscles from birth so they can cling to branches, a fuzzy teddy bear was rigged in Edward's living area. This enables him to grab on and climb around, much like he would to his mother so he will develop normally. Despite his unusual upbringing, Edward is very much a typical sloth, sleeping much of the time. Zookeepers report that they often have to rouse him from a deep sleep so he can be fed every three hours.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUN 30, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Axion: Could the Curious Particle "Kill Two Birds with One Stone"
JUN 30, 2020
Axion: Could the Curious Particle "Kill Two Birds with One Stone"
Physicists often ponder in an unusual way: they use one unsolved problem as a hypothetic solution to another, hoping to ...
JUL 13, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Earth's Moon Had Magma Ocean for 200 Million Years
JUL 13, 2020
Earth's Moon Had Magma Ocean for 200 Million Years
The moon may have hosted an ocean of magma for 200 million years according to new findings- considerably longer than pre ...
SEP 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Earth's Atmosphere Causes Moon to Rust
SEP 07, 2020
Earth's Atmosphere Causes Moon to Rust
Researchers from the University of Hawaii have noticed that the Moon is turning slightly red or 'rusty'- and tha ...
SEP 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Could There Be Life on Venus?
SEP 10, 2020
Could There Be Life on Venus?
Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system, reaching 465 degrees Celcius- a temperature hot enough to melt lead. Wh ...
SEP 24, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Turning Pulsars into Deep Space Beacons
SEP 24, 2020
Turning Pulsars into Deep Space Beacons
Navigating beyond Earth's orbit is tricky. Any misstep in movement could lead to the crushes of space probes and ves ...
NOV 05, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
No, Gravity Doesn't Affect How Bubbles Collapse
NOV 05, 2020
No, Gravity Doesn't Affect How Bubbles Collapse
The ubiquitous presence of bubbles makes them a common phenomenon, but interestingly our understanding of this globular ...
Loading Comments...