In 2013, was a year filled with very exciting births here at the National Aquarium!
From sloths to sharks, check out what animals joined the family this past year:
In November, our Rain Forest staff noticed that one of our Linne's two-toed sloths, Ivy, had given birth to a baby!
Scout is the fourth sloth born at the National Aquarium. His sibling, Camden, was just born in the Fall of 2012.
Linne’s two-toed sloths are commonly found in South America’s rain forests, where they spend almost their entire lives in the trees. They are nocturnal by nature, fairly active at night while spending most of the day sleeping.
In July, most of the world was on royal baby watch. At the Aquarium, however, we were obsessing over our newest addition - a puffin chick!
This baby is the fourth chick for puffin parents Victor and Vixen, the parents of the Aquarium's first successful puffin chick back in 2006.
Did you know? Puffins co-parent their young and take turns incubating the egg, protecting their nest and carrying back food to keep their chick well-fed!
Our sandbar shark pup, Chloe, was born at the Aquarium back in May!
Chloe is the first pup our female sandbar shark has had since coming to our facility in 2003. Female sandbars are known to have a range of 1 to 14 pups throughout their lifetime.
Given the low survival rates of shark pups, we are very excited to see how well Chloe is doing in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!
Earlier this year, four blue-crowned motmot chicks were born in our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.
This was the second successful brood for our pair of motmots. They produced their first set of chicks back in 2011!
Blue-crowned motmots are known for their unusual nesting behaviors - parent birds actually excavate long tunnels into the earth, where they lay their eggs and raise their offspring!
Celebrating any new additions to your family this year? Tell us about them in the comments section!