Anyone who loves animals will absolutely love this new retirement sanctuary that recently opened to house and care for older sloths. These gentle slow-moving animals will be taken care of across the pond at the recently opened facility at an already established zoo.
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Wales will now be housing aging sloths and making a comfortable environment for them that will help to significantly extend their life. Former zoo sloths looking to live out their golden years comfortably will be the main residents. These guys are looking to live their best life of rest and relaxation that they deserve after hanging out all day for our enjoyment.
And just like you, sloths experience the negative sides of aging and need some extra help getting along in their older years. Caretakers will adjust the sloth's diets by boiling their root vegetables to make them easier to eat and digest. If needed, they can also be given cod liver oil which acts a supplement for extra nutrition.
Enclosures can also be adapted with shorter trees and deeper floors to make getting around a bit easier and make climbing to their favorite spot more manageable. An older sloth moves even slower than a younger one, so we're sure the adjustments are appreciated.
People Magazine reported on this feel-good story for sloth and animals lovers everywhere. Aren't they just so cute how they hang everywhere and have sweet faces?
This sanctuary is a new conservation model that will really be helpful to sloths and the species as a whole. In the wild, sloths have an average lifespan of 20 years. Being cared for in captivity sloths can live up to 50 years which is a pretty significant extension to their life. The safe retirement of zoo sloths also frees up space for younger sloths to come in and breed more generations of adorable sloths.
So far, Folly Farms is currently home to two two-toed elderly sloths. 24-year-old Tuppee and 34-year-old Lightcap are living the good life in their new home. They just hang around all day getting fed their healthy food and hanging on their branches.
Sloths are typically very solitary animals but in an older age seem to like some company. Hopefully, Tuppee and Lightcap will become the best of friends and have new sloth buddies moving in soon.