New Baby Sloth at Zoo Atlanta Will be Named by the Internet

Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta
Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is home to an adorable new resident. The infant Hoffmann's two-toed sloth has been charming zoo employees since it was born four months ago, but it still hasn't been given a name. Now, WSB-TV Atlanta reports that the Georgia zoo has asked the public to pick one for the baby sloth.

The tiny sloth was born to the female sloth Bonnie and the male Cocoa on November 4, 2018. Its sex hasn't been revealed yet, so the zoo allowed voters to choose names for both sexes. And maybe because the internet doesn't have a stellar track record when it comes to naming things, the voting choices were narrowed down to a list of six possible names.

The options are Blossom, Fern, and Willow if it's female and Bean, Clyde, and Rio if it's a male. Voting closed at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, and both the winning name and the sloth's sex will be revealed on Zoo Atlanta's social media pages at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. The zoo may want to keep it a surprise, but chances are the baby is a girl: The species has an imbalanced sex ratio that favors females.

Hoffmann's two-toed sloths have an unusually long gestation period for mammals their size. After a nearly year-long pregnancy, a two-toed sloth baby is born with fully developed claws for clinging to its mother, which it does for roughly the first year of its life. Sloth babies are also notable for the impossibly cute squeaking noises they make.

[h/t WSB-TV Atlanta]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

Georgia Beachgoers Saved a Pod of Pilot Whales That Washed Ashore

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A day at the shore quickly turned into a rescue situation for beachgoers on St. Simons Island, Georgia this week when a pod of pilot whales washed ashore. Beaching can be disastrous for whales, but thanks to a group of first responders and volunteers, most of the stranded marine mammals were returned to safety, USA Today reports.

Spotting whales off the coast of Georgia isn't unusual, but what occurred at St. Simons Island the afternoon of Tuesday, July 16 was out of the ordinary. The pilot whales had swum so close to the shore that they had become stuck on the sand—and there were dozens of them. The animals could have died from dehydration at low tide or possibly drowned if the tide covered their blowholes.

Fortunately, the beachgoers watching the situation unfold acted fast. They waded into the sea and manually pushed the small whales back into deeper waters where they could swim freely. First responders from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also aided in the rescue effort.

The heroic volunteers weren't able to save every whale. Two of the mammals became incapacitated and had to be euthanized. But according to the Glynn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the majority of the whales swam away unharmed. "This has been an unusual occurrence, but events like these can really show the level of care and support from our community," the agency wrote on its Facebook page. "Thank you to everyone that helped those that couldn’t help themselves today."

Beaching is a rare event that still isn't fully understood by scientists. In the case of these pilot whales, which travel in pods, one sick whale may have swum too close to land and led the rest of the whales to danger. The DNR plans to conduct autopsies on the two whales who perished.

[h/t USA Today]