DRAPER — Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is welcoming a pair of Linnaeus’ two-toed sloths into its family.Comment on this story
According to a statement from the aquarium, the male and female sloths’ home was destroyed by deforestation in their native Guyana and they were taken to a rescue center. After experts determined the pair could not be released back into the wild, they found a new home here at the aquarium.
The sloths will be on display for the public beginning Nov. 3. Their exhibit is in the main aviary in the Journey to South America gallery.
Two-toed sloths are nocturnal and sleep 15 to 18 hours a day. They eat mainly leaves and fruit, and they do everything upside down, including eating, sleeping, mating and giving birth.
Two-toed sloths live to be 10 to 15 years old in the wild and can live more than 30 years in captivity. The aquarium’s pair is estimated to be about 4 years old.