SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Arana is the newest addition to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. The female Hoffman Two-toed Sloth was born on August 1, but she was officially introduced in Tuesday by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.
Two-toed sloths typically spend 98 percent of their lives upside down in trees. However, zookeepers had to take Arana into their homes for constant watch and feeding until she was ready to spend her time in the trees.
"Early on as Joanie said, she was fed between 9 and 11 times per day, and that was around the clock. Now, she's down to five feedings a day at four-months-old. She's just starting to eat some whole foods," explained Ted Fox, Zoo Director.
The name Arana is from the Spanish word for spider. Zoo officials said she looked like a spider when she was first born.