Baby pygmy slow loris born at Akron Zoo: PHOTOS

The Akron Zoo welcomed a rare baby animal in August: a pygmy slow loris, only the second ever born at the zoo.

The baby, born Aug. 21 and weighing 21 grams - about the same weight as four nickels - is being raised by its mother in the zoo's Animal Care Center.

Today, the zoo staff said the baby is thriving, weighing in a 185 grams.

Akron Zoo President & CEO L. Patricia Simmons  called the birth critical to the future of the species. "Trying to save threatened species like the pygmy slow loris and educate people about them is the vital role we, as an accredited zoo through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, play."

Did you know?

  • Slow loris get their name from their slow, sloth-like movements.
  • Adult slow loris weight 7 to 14 ounces.
  • The species is indigenous to Vietnam, Laos, China, Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Pygmy slow loris generally eat fruits, insects, vegetation and small mammals.
  • They are primarily threatened because of deforestation, hunting and capture for pet trade.
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