Choloepus didactylus: Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth

Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth [Choloepus didactylus], also known as the southern two-toed sloth or unau, is a species of sloth from South America, found in Venezuela,  Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil north of the Amazon River.

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It is a solitary, nocturnal and arboreal animal, found in rainforests. It is able to swim, making it possible to cross rivers and creeks. The two-toed sloth’s main enemies are man, large birds of prey like the Harpy Eagle and Crested Eagle, and wild cats like the Ocelot and Jaguar.

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Two-toed sloths have a gestation period of between six months and a year [depending on the exact species]. The mother gives birth to a single young, while hanging up-side down. The young are born with claws, and are weaned after about a month.

Photos: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20120722

Source: Wikipedia 

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