Time moves slow for a sloth, especially for the oldest Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth in the world.
Adelaide Zoo is today hosting birthday celebrations for Miss C, who is turning 40.
It is especially remarkable because the normal life expectancy for a sloth is just 20 years.
Gayl Males from Adelaide Zoo said: “Celebrating one’s 40th birthday can, in some cases, come with a sense of mixed emotions for humans, but for Australia’s only female sloth this milestone is certainly cause for celebration.”
“Time definitely moves a lot slower for sloths, but to double the life expectancy of any animal is a true testament to the stellar care provided to Miss C over the years.”
Miss C was born in 1974, with records indicating she was only the fourth or fifth sloth to be born at the Adelaide Zoo.
Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloths inhabit parts of Central and South America including Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.
They also spend most of their life – including eating, sleeping, mating and giving birth – upside down.
The zoo said celebrations will continue throughout this weekend, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to wish Miss C a happy birthday.