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Moe the Sloth's adoption story is a Christmas miracle

Posted: 10:57 AM, Dec 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-24 11:11:19-05
On International Sloth Day the Cincinnati Zoo recounts the confusing tale of Moe

CINCINNATI — Sloths are great; they are great swimmers, they have whole ecosystems in their fur and they spend most of their lives in the trees. Now we can say they bring people, er teams, together too.

As part of Major League Baseball's white elephant gift exchange, the Cincinnati Reds adopted and gifted the Cincinnati Zoo's Moe the Sloth as part of the exchange.

First, the Atlanta Braves received Moe and welcomed him with open arms.

But then, the Milwaukee Brewers wanted a furry companion and swapped for parental rights.

However, Moe stole the hearts of the Philadelphia Phillies, who announced him as their new office mascot.

As the gift exchange was winding down, some holiday cheer shown through, and Atlanta and Philadelphia settled their differences and decided a sloth with two parents was better than a sloth with one parent.

There's no word yet on how Moe will split his time between Atlanta and Philadelphia.

And if you were planning on seeing Moe anytime soon, the zoo closes at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They are closed all day on Christmas, but they reopen Thursday at 10 a.m.