I do find these animals fascinating. They’re so slow that they have microbiomes living in their fur. Their metabolism is so slow that they take days to digest food other animals can breakdown in hours. They stay in the trees and only come down once a week to go the bathroom.
Sloths are pretty cool when you look beyond them simply being slow.
Sloths fall into two categories, which are two-toed sloths (2 species) and three-toed sloths (4 species). The pygmy three-toed sloth is considered critically endangered and the maned sloth is considered vulnerable. There biggest threats are:
- Deforestation, which destroys their environment. Sloths live in thick canopies where they can hide from predators. On the ground, they’re too slow to escape snakes and jaguars. If they are on branches, but are exposed than large birds of prey can snag them.
- Poaching because . . . humans suck.
For more information, CLICK HERE! Now the pictures starting with the three-toed sloths
Now for the two-toed:
Can’t have an animal post without some cute videos:
A note on this last one. I picked it because there are a lot of videos where people help sloths cross the street. Many end with the sloth ‘waving a thank you’. I wondered about this and found an answer in the comments of this video. Raising its arm is a defensive posture. Sloths are just so slow that it resembles a wave when it’s really their version of putting up their dukes.