Zookeepers may boil the sloth’s root vegetables to make them easier to chew and give the sloths cod liver oil supplements, Morphew said. There’s also a possibility zookeepers will make adaptations to the sloths’ enclosure, such as reducing the height of branches so they don’t have as far to climb.
Finally, the keepers are watching the sloth pair to make sure they get along, Morphew said.
“Like many older men, Tuppee has been known to be a bit grumpy and even misbehaves at times but we know he’s a softie at heart,” Morphew said. “We’re hoping some older, female company will be a good influence on him and bring out the softer side of his nature. Sloths aren’t known for being social animals, but as they get older, we’ve found they do like company.”
Morphew told the BBC the zoo may eventually expand the sloth retirement home.