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Philadelphia Zoo Welcomes Kayla the Sloth Bear

The Philadelphia Zoo’s newest arrival made her public debut. Kayla is a 2-year-old sloth bear. (Published Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015)

The Philadelphia Zoo showed off its newest furry addition Thursday as Kayla made her public debut.

The 2-year-old sloth bear, weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, came to the Philly zoo from the San Diego Zoo last month. A sloth bear, unlike other bears, uses its snout and claws to dig for insects and search for fruit. They often make grunting or snorting sounds, according to National Geographic.

Visitors can see Kayla in the Philly zoo’s newly-enlarged Bear County exhibit.

“There’re very busy diggers, so if you come to the Philadelphia Zoo you will absolutely see Kayla out digging around, looking for bugs," said zoo curator of carnivores and ungulates Donna Evernham.

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