ATLANTA -- The first public photo of Bonnie's baby is like so many infant pictures: her eyes are closed, her face scrunched up, her mother holding her tightly to her chest. It's a rare photo for Zoo Atlanta. It's the first time a sloth has been born in captivity in Atlanta.
Bonnie lost a baby sloth in December 2013 when it was delivered stillborn. Both she, and 22-year-old father Cocoa, are first time parents. Bonnie was pregnant for 12 months, and the infant was born April 29th fully-furred, with eyes open and teeth already present. Zoo Atlanta is one of only a handful of zoos to successfully breed a sloth.
On the same day, a critically endangered species gained a new representative. Six-year-old eastern Bongo named Matilda gave birth to her fourth calf.