two-toed sloth

noun
\ˈtü-ˈtōd- \

Definition of two-toed sloth 

: any of a genus (Choloepus of the family Megalonychidae) of sloths having two clawed digits on each forefoot, three clawed digits on each hind foot, and usually six or seven vertebrae in the neck — compare three-toed sloth

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The Linnaeus's two-toed sloth is one of the slowest mammals in the world. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Texas State Aquarium brings its sloth count to two," 29 May 2018 The aquarium also recently started a survival plan for two Linnaeus’ two-toed sloths living in the Caribbean Journey exhibit. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas State Aquarium doubles down on wildlife rescue, rehabilitation after Harvey," 3 June 2018 The aquarium announced this week that a young male Linnaeus's two-toed sloth, named Chico, will be joining his female counterpart, 4-year-old Xena, in the aquarium's Caribbean Journey exhibit. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Texas State Aquarium brings its sloth count to two," 29 May 2018 Baby Ruth, a female Linne's two-toed sloth, was born Jan. 28 to a sloth named Charlotte Greenie, who's 21 years old. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "Just in time for Mother's Day: zoo babies in the West," 6 May 2018 His neighbor, Vivien, a two-toed sloth, was booked solid for the day at $150 per half-hour. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Sloths Hot, Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species," 29 Mar. 2018 Last year, as a present to himself for his 44th birthday, John Santore paid $150 to spend a half-hour with the aviary’s first two-toed sloth, Valentino. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Sloths Hot, Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species," 29 Mar. 2018 Pittsburgh's indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth. sacbee, "Watch: Zoo introduces baby sloth to public, and it’s too cute | The Sacramento Bee," 11 Jan. 2018 Pinterest Valentino is a sweet two-toed sloth with a little bit of spook in him. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Valentino the Sloth Celebrates Second Birthday at His Own (Slow) Speed," 2 Nov. 2017

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1781, in the meaning defined above

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