The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Just Welcomed Its First Sloth Bear Cub in 30 Years

PHOTO COURTESY CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO
Photo Courtesy Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The first sloth bear cub born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 30 years arrived January 14, officials announced today.

The furry newborn is reportedly healthy, as are its first-time parents. The cub is currently learning to walk and is sticking to its mother's side outside of public view for now.

While the baby is just 6 pounds, sloth bears run up to 300 pounds, preferring to feast on things like termites, honey and fruit. The shaggy-coated sloth bear, which is native to India and Nepal, is considered a vulnerable species.

At this time, the new sloth bear is nameless and a public naming contest, which the zoo is fond of doing for its newborns, has no set date.

The zoo also recently welcomed a baby howler monkey and baby rhino, which are now on display.  Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
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