Zoo's newborn porcupines, sloth
Meet these new babies at Naples zoo
NAPLES — There are three new babies at the Naples Zoo. Two African crested porcupines were born there last month. The zoo also recently rescued a two-toed sloth and his mother from a local private owner because they were not receiving proper care.
"The mother we're slowly nursing back to what we consider acceptable health for a sloth. She was under weight, so therefore the baby was really under weight," said zoo director David Tetzlaf. "The baby is really coming along really well."
These newborns feed on fruits, vegetables and special formulas. They also require a lot of attention.
"When you're raising juvenile animals it's pretty much like a human child," Tetzlaf said. "It's around-the-clock care."
The newborns will be featured in the zoo's "Planet Predator" show on weekends. The show provides an up-close look at the animals as well as educational information.