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Sloth Bear Cub Now on Exhibit at National Zoo

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The National Zoo's yet-to-be-named sloth cub. (Photo credit: Barb Statas, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The National Zoo’s yet-to-be-named sloth cub. (Photo credit: Barb Statas, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A six-month-old sloth bear cub is now on exhibit at the National Zoo.

The cub named Hank is the first sloth bear born at the zoo in seven years. Visitors can see him daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., weather permitting.

The zoo’s Facebook fans chose the name Hank in May. It’s a combination of the cub’s parents’ names, Hana and Francois (Frank).

Sloth bears are native to Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Their population is listed as vulnerable as a result of loss of habitat and poaching.

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