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This baby sloth was rejected by its mum so it clings to a sloth blanket instead

The blanket comes from the zoo’s own gift shop.

This poor little sloth has had a rough start to life.

Born a couple of weeks ago at Brevard Zoo in Florida, its mum showed no interest in the baby – but luckily staff noticed the issue straight away.

The Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth was taken away from mum Tango and is now being hand reared.

“When we found the baby away from Tango, we tried to reunite them,” said Lauren Hinson, a curator of animals at the zoo. “But the new mother was not nursing, nor did she show interest in the newborn.

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(Brevard Zoo)

“Tango is a first-time mother whose inexperience likely led her to not care for the little one.”

Staff are now providing 24/7 care to the newborn, who is the first baby sloth ever born at the zoo, feeding it goat’s milk every two-and-a-half hours.

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(Brevard Zoo)

As newborn sloths generally cling to their mother, staff tried a number of alternative materials out with the baby, whose gender is not yet known, to see which they liked best.

Heartbreakingly, the baby chose a sloth blanket from the zoo’s gift shop and clings to it in place of holding on to its mother.

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(Brevard Zoo)

Staff will continue to care for the baby for at least the next five months, at which point they will start to wean it.

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