CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is renaming its sloth habitat after a Cincinnati boy who died earlier this year.
According to the zoo, Oliver Nicholson and his brother were born seven weeks preterm and diagnosed with a series of rare birth defects that affect different systems in the body. He would have been two years old on Monday, October 11.
His father told the zoo he gave him a stuffed sloth during one of his hospital stays that he slept with every night.
When the family learned that the zoo sloth was pregnant, they started a petition to name the baby after Oliver.
Sadly, the zoo announced on Sunday October 10 that the baby sloth was stillborn.
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The zoo will always honor Oliver by renaming the exhibit “Oliver Nicholson Memorial Sloth Habitat“.
âWe had been in contact with the zoo and discussed other ways to honor Oliver,â said Alex Nicholson, Oliver’s father. âThis tribute will be lasting and means so much,â said Alex. “This gives us a huge bright spot on a particularly difficult day and positive news to share with the 80,000 people who signed our petition.”
The zoo says that Lightning, the mother of the baby sloth, is currently at Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Center, but will likely be reunited with her 22-year-old companion Moe in The Oliver Nicholson Memorial Sloth Habitat at some point in the future. .
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