By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

A SWEET baby Linne’s two-toed sloth has been welcomed by keepers at Memphis Zoo

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The sleepy sloth is being hand-reared by zookeepers to give her the best chance of survival

The female infant - named Lua, meaning “moon” in Portuguese - was born on 17 March to parents Marilyn and Sparky and is the first successful birth of a Linne's two-toed sloth at the zoo.

Lua will be bottle-fed every two hours for the first month of her life

Mother Marilyn has birthed other infants that did not survive infancy, so zookeepers decided to hand-rear the new arrival to give her the best chance of survival.

Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs, said: “We are very excited about the birth of Lua.This is a fascinating species and a genetically significant birth.

The Linne's two-toed sloth will be reintroduced to the rest of her sloth family in about a year

“We’re looking forward to this unique opportunity of hand-rearing our little one.”

When staff are not holding the delicate sloth, she clings to a stuffed elephant to help strengthen her limbs.

Zookeepers named the sloth Lua which means moon in Portuguese

The elephant also allows her to mimic the same behaviour she would exhibit while being reared by her mother.

Sloths are arboreal - meaning tree-dwelling - creatures and spend the majority of their time upside down.

Lua was born on 17 March to parents Marilyn and Sparky

Baby Lua is not yet eating solid foods, instead staff are bottle-feeding her every two hours, which will continue for the next month.

Staff will continue to hand-rear her for the next year until she is ready to rejoin her family.