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What is a baby sloth called?

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Unlike some animals, baby sloths do not have a special name and are simply called baby sloths. Sloths give birth to their young in the forest canopy. A female screams to signal the male that she is ready to mate.

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Males compete for her by pawing at each other while hanging from branches. The winner claims the female as his prize.

The gestation period for a female is 11.5 months, after which she gives birth to a single baby while she is hanging upside down. The baby sloth is born with developed claws that it uses to hang from its mother’s belly for the first several weeks after birth. It is weaned when it is around 4 months old and stays with its mother for up to four years.

Sloths spend nearly all of their adult lives in the forest treetops and are extremely vulnerable to predation when on the ground. Surprisingly, they are excellent swimmers.

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