They spend 19 hours a day snoozing.
But if you’ve ever wondered what Fota’s adorable sloth family get up to when they’re active, the rangers have shared a sneak peek into their world.
Turns out, once all the visitors have left the park and darkness falls, it’s party time in the Tropical House.
The park rangers captured a fascinating nighttime video of the trio, as male sloth Mattheo climbs up and down the poles and through the trees in their enclosure to visit baby Rowan and mum, Talyta.
Check out the video here:
Once he’s checked that everyone’s happy, there’s foraging for snacks to take care of. Meanwhile. busy mum Talyta remains cuddled up in a corner of the enclosure with baby Rowan lying across her belly.
An update on the tiniest family member
Rowan, who arrived on April 30th, was the first-ever Linné’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) to be born in the Wildlife Park.
“Baby’s doing very well. From what we’ve seen, it’s a nice healthy animal, we don’t actually know whether it’s a boy or a girl yet, we’ll find out fairly shortly.” said park ranger, Jean.
“Mum is a brilliant first-time mum and she’s doing a super job. He seems very comfortable and we’ve seen him eating. They start eating food at about two weeks of age so he’s quite happy to come down and share the food that mum and dad are also eating.”
The park rangers choose tasty branches from around Fota to feed the sloth family, with favourites including willow, ash, bamboo, and beech leaves. They also enjoy fruit, root vegetables and lettuce.