Tag: baby sloth

The Aquarium’s Fridays After Five Just Got Cuter


Baby Sloth

catch of the day fish (2)If you think you’ve seen everything the National Aquarium has to offer, you’re clearly not following the baby sloth as closely as you should be. Baby Scout (pictured above) has finally started to break away from mama Ivy. And he’s even experimenting with hanging upside down—which we assume he’ll get pretty good at, since that’s kind of the main skill a sloth needs to have. And since he’s now gaining just a tiny bit of independence, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the aquarium’s Fridays After Five deal—when admission is only $12, and you can get in all the sloth ogling you can take.

Does This Baby Sloth Look Like a Luna to You? How About an Iris?


Last month, the National Aquarium announced a naming contest for their brand-new, probably (but not definitely) female baby sloth. More than 1700 names were entered, and aquarium officials picked four finalists for the public to vote on. Unfortunately, our readers’ suggestions for the name (Bugly; Speedy; Lightning McQueen; Wookiee) did not make the cut. Which of the five finalist names (listed below) is your favorite?

Help Name Baltimore’s Baby Sloth, in Honor of International Sloth Day


Just in case it somehow slipped your mind, we’d like to remind you that Saturday, October 20 is International Sloth Day. (That’s sloth the mammal, not sloth the mortal sin; apologies to everyone who got prematurely excited about spending all day on the couch watching TV.) In honor of the event, the National Aquarium is asking you, the public, to come up with the name for its brand-new baby sloth.

New to Baltimore: Our Cutest Resident


Baby Sloth at Baltimore's National Aquarium

Can a resident of Baltimore’s National Aquarium get attention if they’re not a terrifying shark or a super-genius performing dolphin? The biggest attractions always seem to be the animals who scare or excite us; who can outrun (or out-swim) us, and simultaneously remind us of how we are both a part of the animal kingdom, and undeniably different than its other species. But all this intellectualizing goes right out the window the second you’re face-to-face with Baltimore’s cutest new resident: a baby two-toed sloth born to Ivy and Syd, two older sloths in the Aquarium’s Upland Tropical Rainforests Exhibit.

The baby was born in late August, but has been kept hidden by its mother for the first few weeks of its life (something sloths also do in the wild). Now, almost a month later, you can expect to catch a glimpse of this other-worldy-adorableness hanging out in plain view in the Upland Tropical Rainforests Exhibit, where the sloths roam freely (if slowly) through the treetops. But be sure to plan your trip to the National Aquarium sometime soon; though sloths are famously, well, slothful, just like humans, the little ones do grow up mighty quickly.

The National Aquarium is located at 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. You can find out more at www.aqua.org.