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Baby Steps

By Paul Gerace, Dominical

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I had been photographing this sloth with it’s baby for about a month and a half. The baby was always clinging to her and they were never apart. They stayed in the same tree for about a week at a time, but always returned to that same tree. 

With lots of patience I was lucky enough to see the baby sloth’s first venture out away from it’s mother. It was thrilling in slow motion. The mother positioned itself next to a branch above. Then sloth baby slowly climbs up mother’s body, over her shoulder, and steps off of her arm. Junior did different hanging poses and gave some glances towards it’s mother. About 15 minutes later it climbed back down and reattached itself to it’s mother. I was able to photograph the entire sequence.


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