Baby Sloth’s Surrogate Mother Is A Teddy Bear!

Zookeeper is hand-rearing baby sloth Edward Scissorhands using a teddy bear from the London Zoo gift shop

After his mother had stopped being able to care for her young son Edward Scissorhands, zookeepers had to step in to care for baby sloth.

When zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher stepped in as a replacement mother for the seven-week-old baby sloth, she came armed with one important tool: a teddy bear from the London Zoo gift shop.

"I want the baby to use all of the muscles that he would be using if he was on his mother so what we've done is we've got some carabineers and attached them to the limbs of the teddy bear," Kelly-Anne said

"We hang up this teddy sort of about six inches from the ground so that if the baby does slip, he's not going to hurt himself and he is able to climb all the way around the teddy and make himself comfy however he wants to be."

Edwards was named after Johnny Depp’s character in Edward Scissorhands because he will eventually grow claws up to 10 centimetres long.

In the wild, sloths are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. They spend most of their lives in the trees, including mating and giving birth in the treetops, and only hit the ground to swim or expel waste.

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