Sloth visits WPTV studio

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Wilbur, the Hoffmann's two-toed sloth, is a female.  She was hand-raised at Palm Beach Zoo and is part of the educational program.

"She loves being around people which makes her a great candidate to go in classes and programs and special events," explained Zoological Manager Liz Andersen.

The ten-year-old sloth was believed to be a male at birth, but as she matured zoo staff realized she was female, hence the name "Wilbur."

Sloths spend most of their time in tree canopies, and only come to the ground once a week. 

"They are very vulnerable on the ground, so they are much more comfortable in the trees," Andersen said.

Click the video to see the sloth make an appearance in the WPTV studio. 

The Palm Beach Zoo has several upcoming events appropriate for all members of the family. 

Breakfast with Santa is coming up December 15, 16, 22, and 23.  The event features a buffet breakfast, animal encounters and your opportunity to have a photo snapped with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Crafts and carousel rides are also a part of the special day.

The zoo is looking for qualified volunteers, with a special event Saturday, December 1, 2012.  Contact the zoo at 561-547-9453 for details.

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