Off the Air

I had a major PC problem this week. It meant that I was ‘off the air’ since Tuesday. Hopefully things are back to normalish. However all my reserve animal pix are locked in a dead drive.

So here’s a teaser.


Hopefully, I’ll see you all for Caturday tomorrow.

Sunday Story Time

Sloths are not always slow…

Sloth baby surprises keepers at London zoo

Two-toed sloths can take up to decade to bond and breed, but ‘sneaky’ Marilyn and Leander needed just six months to mate

Marilyn and baby. Keepers were shocked to find the adult sloth was pregnant as they were unaware she had mated with a male who arrived at the zoo in 2012. Photograph: Tony Bates/London zoo/PA

A pair of sloths have speeded up their usual slow courtship to produce London zoo’s first baby sloth – to the surprise of their keepers.

Keepers at London zoo were shocked to discover two-toed sloth Marilyn was pregnant as they were unaware she had mated with male partner Leander, who arrived from Germany in 2012 to be paired with her.

Staff at the zoo had no idea the two had acknowledged each other, but while they were playing it cool in public it seems that after hours the “sneaky” sloths had hit it off.

Two-toed sloths have been known to take nearly a decade to form a bond and breed, but factoring in an estimated 11-month pregnancy, it appears Marilyn and Leander were far from slow off the mark, taking six months to successfully mate.

Zookeeper Tegan McPhail said: “To say we were surprised when Marilyn became pregnant is something of an understatement – we weren’t aware that she’d even been near the male.

“When Leander arrived at the zoo at the end of 2012, he and Marilyn just didn’t appear particularly interested in each other, but we knew that with sloths these things can take some time.

“However, with the arrival of the first sloth to be born at London zoo, it appears that it was all an act on their behalf and our two very sneaky sloths were getting amorous behind our backs.”

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