TAMPA (FOX 13) - The newest baby sloth at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay needs a name and the park is asking the public for help.
The baby two-toed Linne's sloth was born April 2 to mother, Daisy. The sloths are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.
The names have special meanings. The names are:
- Lily, which means "majesty and honor"
- Iris, which means "hope and friendship"
- Yiscel, which means "beautiful girl" and is in honor of Yiscel Yanguez, the co-founder of APPC (Panamerican Conservation Association)
Yiscel rescues, rehabilitates, and releases sloths and other wildlife in Panama.
Busch Gardens said Daisy and her baby are both happy and healthy and have been monitored around the clock by the Busch Gardens' animal care team. Some of the baby's milestones so far include eating solids, like pears and mangos, and venturing to hang on its own. Guests can view the baby at Jambo Junction, home to the park's animal ambassadors.