SEP 01, 2015 07:15 AM PDT
Zookeepers Stand In for Sloth Mom
1 10 1212

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
MAY 06, 2018
Videos
MAY 06, 2018
How Viruses Can Treat Cancer
Viruses' that are genetically modified can be used to treat cancer. This modification removes two key genes in the viruses' genome. The first gene removed
MAY 20, 2018
Videos
MAY 20, 2018
What to Do if Bitten by a Snake
Snake bites can be scary; not just because they're painful, but also because it can be tough to discern whether the attacking snake is venomous or not. Nev
MAY 20, 2018
Videos
MAY 20, 2018
Dangers of Alcohol and Other Foods on Medications
It is a fact that medications that make us drowsy should never be taken with alcoholic beverages because alcohol can also make us drowsy. However, there ar
MAY 21, 2018
Videos
MAY 21, 2018
How Skin Allergies Happen
As summer approaches, many of us know to be on the lookout for certain plants that our skin doesn't like. When immune cells that we carry in our epidermis
MAY 29, 2018
Videos
MAY 29, 2018
Are Manicures a Skin Cancer Risk?
Spending a day having a relaxing spa manicure sounds like a great way to reduce stress and get your hands looking good again, but you might want to hold of
JUN 06, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
JUN 06, 2018
Berkelium a Bizarre Element
Berkelium is a synthetic, radioactive element that was first made at the  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory located in Berkeley, California (hence
Loading Comments...