After a quick medical examination by the sanctuary veterinarian, it didn't take us long to discover why his mother had rejected him. This little baby sloth only has one finger on each hand! In fact, he has several birth deformities, including badly shaped toes, limited movement in his tiny hands, and no ears. We named this special little sloth Koki.
Thankfully, despite the physical deformities, everything else seems to be working fine and he has the appetite of a champion! After guzzling down some goats milk, he settled into his new incubator to warm up and have his first snooze.
The arrival of genetically deformed baby sloths has sadly become a worrying trend over the past few years. First to arrive was Oona, a sweet Choloepus with just one finger on each hand. She thrived and is now a healthy adult living a life of luxury here at the sanctuary. Last year we were all shocked by the arrival of BooBoo, a beautiful baby with shrunken arms, one finger, fused legs, and bulging eyes. Although this tough little sloth seemed to adapt well at first, he slowly deteriorated and we lost him several months later. A necropsy sadly identified numerous internal deformities that made it impossible for him to survive. In March this year we received Goldilocks: another tiny newborn baby with deformities to her hands and jaw. She too lost her battle within a few weeks of arriving at the sanctuary. And now we have Koki. Fingers crossed his problems are only external, and with plenty of love and attention we all hope that he will be just fine.