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Blue bow at Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo: the little sloth is born live on social media

The video shot on May 6 by Mr. Fabio Filippo documents, for the first time in daylight hours, the birth of this particular animal



Mr. Fabio Filippo would never have imagined to witness an extremely rare event and never filmed before: the birth of a small sloth during daylight hours. It happened on May 6 in Bussolengo, in the province of Verona, at Parco Natura Viva.

The stages of birth followed one another in a rather short period of time, and without complications. Wendy, this is the name of the mother of the little sloth, gave birth while continuing to move among the branches of the tree on which she was clinging. The newcomer is healthy and will soon have a name.

"Sloths live their lives almost entirely upside down on trees - explains Camillo Sandri, zoological director of Parco Natura Viva - including activities such as mating and childbirth. Wendy, already a mother of 6 children and 4 times a grandmother, gave us two really exciting minutes. As soon as her baby was almost entirely born, she helped him by pulling him up and placing him on her belly, from where she will look at the world."