46-year-old two-toed sloth dies at Smithsonian's National Zoo

46-year-old two-toed sloth dies at Smithsonian's National Zoo

(WWBT) - Ms. Chips, a two-toed sloth at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, died on Jan. 2.

She lived for 46 years. The life expectancy for a female sloth is 15 years old, according to the Smithsonian.

She was born in 1972 and lived the majority of her life at the Small Mammal House in a multi-species exhibit with other sloths, tamarins, and armadillos.

At the time of her death, she was living with coppery titi monkey Mo and screaming hairy armadillo Dylan. Keepers described Ms. Chips as a "gentle and sweet sloth," but she mainly kept to herself rather than interact with the other animals she shared an exhibit with.

Visitors to the zoo can still see 31-year-old two-toed sloth Vlad at the Small Mammal House and 9-year-old Howie at Amazonia.

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