Wild Checkup: Tootsie the Hoffman's two-toed sloth
Meet Tootsie, a Hoffman’s two-toed sloth. At 42-years-old, she is one of the oldest sloths in zoos accredited by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In the wild, sloths normally live in their twenties and Tootsie’s age speaks to the great care and TLC she receives from our all-star medical care team.
Speaking of great care, Tootsie was treated for a tooth abscess. If anyone has experienced an abscess, you know those pus-filled areas can be painful. However, in Tootsie’s case she wasn’t showing any signs of discomfort or eating less. Our Director of Animal Health, Dr. Genevieve Dumonceaux (Dr. G) and Veterinary Technician Erin McNally were examining Tootsie’s teeth when they noticed her condition. This underscores the importance of routine medical visits and why dental checks are always performed on animals in our care.
Fun fact: a sloth’s teeth never stop growing. This is necessary because a sloth continuously wears down its teeth as it chews on food. At Palm Beach Zoo, our sloths are fed grapes, sweet potatoes and veggies like broccoli.
After a dental exam and some drilling (all under anesthesia, of course) – the tooth has been removed and Dr. G has placed Tootsie on antibiotics. Tootsie’s close friend and confidant, zookeeper Taryn Mountain confirms she is on the mend and eating well. Just another saving species morning at Palm Beach Zoo.
Palm Beach Zoo is home to four Hoffman's two-toed sloths: Dustin, Bonnie, Tootsie and Wilbur. Some of you know Wilbur from Zoo events, weddings, educational/media outreaches and our behind-the-scenes animal experience. If you want to get up close and personal with one of the coolest sloths on the planet – reserve your Sleepy Sloth Experience today!