Watch as the world’s oldest sloth celebrates its 54th birthday at a German zoo

The world’s oldest sloth, Jan, recently celebrated his 54th birthday at the Krefeld Zoo in Germany. He was found in South America when he was just six months old on May 1, 1986. Since then, he has been living at the zoo and they celebrate his birthday every year on April 30.

Jan holds two Guinness World Records for being the oldest living sloth in captivity and the oldest sloth in captivity ever. Despite his age, he remains in excellent health and even recently fathered his 22nd child. This makes him quite the anomaly in the sloth world as he continues to defy expectations and live a long and fulfilling life at the zoo.

Linne’s two-toed sloths typically live for about 20 years, so Jan has more than doubled his life expectancy. His longevity is a testament to the care and attention he receives from the dedicated staff at the Krefeld Zoo who have made sure he has everything he needs to thrive. Visitors to the zoo are always amazed by Jan’s unique characteristics and slow movements, making him a true marvel of nature.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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