The only problem is that baby sloths cling to their mother's fur while feeding, so they needed a cuddly substitute.
"We tried to find something that resembled the fur of the mother," zoo biologist Wineke Schoo told SPIEGEL ONLINE on Thursday. "In the zoo, we have lots of shops with teddy bears, so we tried some."
Baby Sjakie, however, didn't care for any of them. But then the 2-year-old daughter of one of the zookeepers heard the story and offered up her own teddy bear.
The infant took to the unnamed bear and now grasps it while zookeepers feed her extra milk as well as pureed vegetables, such as carrots, fennel and zucchini.
The toddler "likes it very much that the sloth is using her bear," Schoo said.
Despite the lack of milk, Sjakie's mother is very attentive, and cuddles the baby when he's not being bottle-fed. Link -via Arbroath