Surprise! Sloth bear cub twins at Woodland Park Zoo


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What's better than one sloth bear baby? Why, two sloth bear babies, of course.

Just look at them. Have you seen anything cuter?

Woodland Park Zoo announced the birth of a sloth bear on Dec. 18, but what they didn't know for sure until just last week was that there were actually two. As in twins.

Well, they were pretty sure there were two, anyway, from the dual pattern of vocalizations heard through the baby monitor. But it wasn't until last week when they caught the twins on web cam footage confirming for the first time two cubs bonding and nursing with their mother, Tasha.

“The cubs are now 1 month old,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “And although they haven’t had a weigh-in or vet exam yet, we expect that their eyes are open, and they are beginning to teeth. At this point in their development, we’re hopeful to see them becoming more active, exploring their den.”

In a sad turn of events, their father, Randy, died a couple of weeks ago from cancer.

You won't be able to see the twins yet, as they're in an off-view exhibit. But they will be a part of the new Asian tropical forest exhibit which opens this spring.

Woodland Park Zoo also says they have plans to provide visitors special, temporary viewing access to Tasha and the cubs in the near future.

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