2 baby sloths: 1 at Topeka Zoo, another soon at Tanganyika

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Foley (left) and Chewbacca Foley (left) and Chewbacca
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The Topeka Zoo says the birth of a sloth means "Christmas came early." And in Goddard. Tanganyika Wildlife Park will soon have a baby sloth of its own.

The Topeka Zoo's new arrival -- a Hoffman's two-toed sloth named Foley -- was born Saturday. The city said in a news release that the 27-year-old mother, named Jacque, and the newborn appeared to be "bright and alert and doing great" in the zoo's Tropical Rain Forest.

The birth increased the zoo's sloth population to four. Its other young sloth -- Foley's sibling, Newt -- is 1 year old.

The gender of Foley and Newt aren't yet known.

Tanganyika said on Facebook that its new sloth -- named Chewbacca -- will arrive at the park in March. 

Native to a small area of Central and South America, Hoffman's Two-Toed Sloths are threatened by deforestation.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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