It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Vincent van Sloth

We rehomed Vincent from Hamerton Zoo in January this year. At 29 years and 8 months old, Vincent was elderly when he came to live out his retirement here at the Butterfly House where he continued to receive an excellent high standard of care, enjoying his favourite parsnip treats and exploring his new home. 

After falling ill, the veterinary team and TBH staff administered intensive treatment, constantly monitoring his condition hoping to see improvement whilst keeping Vincent comfortable. Staff keeping vigil were with him at the time of his passing.

Post mortem examination indicates kidney disease being the main cause of death. Kidney disease will often affect animals as a chronic long-term condition and may go undetected for many years.

Every death is heart-breaking for the team who work with our amazing animals every day. For those who did get to see Vincent and for those hearts he touched, we are pleased that together we were able to give a befitting name for this much-loved animal before he passed.

In memory of the immense joy Vincent brought to everyone in his short time here at the park, his legacy will be to raise awareness for the plight that sloths face in the wild and we will be making a charitable donation in remembrance.

Georgia Barrowcliffe, TBH animal team keeper who looked after Vincent since his arrival says:

“It’s with a heavy heart that we have to announce that Vincent the sloth’s time at the butterfly house has been cut short. Our wonderful animal keepers have been with him 24 hours a day hoping he would pull through, working incredibly hard and staying up through the night to be by his side to ensure he was comfortable and happy. He passed away peacefully during the night.

He may have only been with us for a short while, but during that time he'd been thriving, enjoying the huge amount of space available to him in his new retirement home in the tropical house, eating his favourite parsnip treats, and being doted upon by the keepers. We are so sorry and heartbroken to bring you this news, we just hope that he managed to touch people’s hearts and allow us to raise awareness for the plight that sloths, like many other animals face in the wild.”

Vincent van Sloth

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