Did you know that the brown-necked three-toed sloths can rotate their heads at 270 degrees … S-L-O-W-L-Y… but contrary to the sloths, you should look no further for the most amazing, interesting and fun facts, images and quotes about the lovely sloths. In this post we share the most impressive and bizarre facts about these amazing creatures.
This Rescue Baby Sloth Is Perhaps The Cutest Thing You’ve Ever Seen
“You know, sloth is a sin,” he says softly.
“I prefer to think of it as an adorable animal.”
How adorable can sloths be ?
Check out this short video of a baby sloth cuddling with a teddy bear.
It will fill your heart with warmth and happiness.
This baby sloth, named Rodrigo, was rescued by the volunteers at Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica. They took good care of him at the center and even gave him a small teddy bear to cuddle with. The teddy bear was comforting and soothing him, helping him fall asleep.
Aren’t the baby sloths sweet?
Hairy, slow-moving, adorable creatures
Did you know that sloths give birth while hanging onto a branch! Did you? Sloths are amazing creatures and are truly unlike any other animal. They are so solitary that mating could take a long time since they don’t run into each other often. Incredible.
Reputation: Sloths are lazy and stupid. They have to be because they look it. They are covered in algae. Yuck! They climb to the ground to perform a ritual defecation at the base of a tree, a risky business when there are eagle-eyed, fleet-footed predators around. They are bad at crossing roads.
Reality: Slowness is the ultimate weapon in an evolutionary war against eagle-eyed, fleet-footed predators. What better way to blend in with the forest than to cosy up with algae and fungi. Ritual defecation is the sloth equivalent of speed dating, just without the speed.
Sloths get bad press. In just about every language on the planet, the common name for these creatures has roughly the same meaning. The English have the “sloth” (one of the seven deadly sins). The French go for the “la paresse” (“the lazy one”). In German, it’s “das Faultier” (“lazy animal”). Spanish gives us “el perezoso” (“the lazy bear”). And so on.
In a world populated by predators like big cats and raptors, you’d think that swift would be good. The monkeys that inhabit the same forest canopy as the sloths of Central and South America have gone for this option. But sloths just laugh in the face of such danger, slowly closing their eyes as the simians scatter through the treetops. Instead of running for cover, sloths have opted for an even more impressive strategy: invisibility.
Sloths are tropical omnivorous mammals; the slowest of all mammals on land, that are found in Central and South America taking advantage of the tall trees found in cloud, rain and mangrove forests. They are arboreal living in trees; they use their long claws to hang onto branches while feasting on leaves that no other animal can reach. The long claws (8-10cm) making walking for them on the ground difficult hence live and call trees their homes. However, sloths are very fast in water if they ever reach it. Most of them live their lives in the tree they were bore, or only less than two others.
There are only 6 species of sloths that are divided into two; two-toed and the three toed; the latter are smaller (58-68cm) and reach the size of a medium dog weigh about 8kgs. The former are slightly bigger but share same features. It is thought ancient sloths could reach the size of an elephant and roamed around North America, however, they became extinct about 10,000 years ago. In the recent time the oldest documented sloth died at the age of 43 years at Adelaide Zoo in Australia.
The two-toed sloths are omnivorous, the sloth consume both plants and animals which include leaves, fruits, insects and small lizards. On the other hand, the three toed sloths are herbivorous with the y consisting of leaves and buds from selected plant species such as cecropia; the leaves are difficult to digest. The digestion in sloths is very slow and can take up to a month to complete the process. The cellulose breakdown in their multi-chambered stomach is caused symbiotic.
In contrast to all other mammals excluding the manatees, all have seven vertebrates on the neck; the two toed sloths have between 5 and 7 vertebrates, while the three toed sloths have 8 to 9 vertebrates; this allows the three toed sloths to turn rotate their heads to over 270 degrees
A Perfectly Amazing Selfie With A Smiling Sloth Hanging From The Tree
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As a matter of fact, sloths are shy, prefer hanging upside down from Cecropia tress and feed off its buds, leaves and shoot. Which is why they are rarely seen on the ground and why they move among the branches of trees very slowly. All of these characteristics make them extremely difficult to get on camera.
Let’s Celebrate #SlothDay !
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we take a day to appreciate — perhaps worship — the hairy, slow-moving, adorable creatures that are Costa Rica’s virtual mascots. It’s International Sloth Day! What, you say? You didn’t know?
October 20 – International Sloth Day
International Sloth Day was created by AIUNAU, a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting all forms of wildlife. The AIUNAU members in Columbia have been working with sloths since 1996, as they became appalled to find out how many sloths every year were being killed by cars or power lines, and how many other were being captured to be made into household pets.
The Colombia-based conservation group Fundación AIUNAU created International Sloth Day in 2010 as a way to bring attention to the jungle-loving mammals and promote preservation of their habitat. (AIUNAU calls it “Sloth International Day” on their website but we’re pretty sure it’s a translation slip.)
Since 2010, the exact calendar day upon which we celebrate the sloths has varied, and conservation groups consulted in Costa Rica weren’t sure whether this year’s celebration falls on Oct. 17 or 18.
There are several ways you could celebrate International Sloth Day, depending on which aspect of the day you’d like to concentrate on more—learning to slow down and enjoy the little things in life, or help the sloths of South America. Ideally, you could do both. As far as charity goes, you could for example refrain from, say, buying that cappuccino you spend a couple of dollars on every day for one week and ten donate the money you saved to the AIUNAU.
And if you feel you just couldn’t survive without your daily dose of caffeine for a whole week, consider cycling to and from work every day for a week, and then donating the money you saved on fuel or bus fare. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Another important aspect of celebrating International Sloth Day is allowing yourself to just let go and relax every now and then. We live in a very fast-paced world where something is constantly happening—we receive tens, if not hundreds of calls, emails and texts daily, and we’re always in a rush: we rush to work, then we rush to pick up the kids, and then we rush home… On International Sloth Day, take the time to slow down.
Make sure you get enough sleep, take a walk through the park or a long bubble bath, make a real dinner instead of just popping some frozen lump of food in the microwave for 3 minutes. We humans should realize that although we may be the most intelligent of the species, that does not mean there aren’t things we can’t learn from other species. And who could possibly teach a better lesson about how to relax than the sloth? Exactly!
Sleepy Sloths Activity For Kids
Trace the kids feet (with shoes on) on brown paper to create the sloth body. Then cut long ovals from brown paper to make arms and legs and little oval-like shapes for the face. You can paint jumbo craft sticks with brown paint to create tree branches.
Use your imagination and creativity to put the pieces together and create something like this.
Tweetable Quick Sloth Facts:
- Sloths are very slow and clumsy on land but great swimmers.
- Sloths are arboreal mammals that live almost their entire lives on trees.
- Sloth urinate or defecate only once in a week.
- In contrast to the popular myth, sloths sleep for only 24 hours in a day.
- Sloths urinate and defecate only in one place although due to their vulnerability to many predators.
- A sloth’s stomach can weigh over one-third of its body weight.
- Sloths’ fur appears green due algae growing on it hence camouflaging them to match the trees’ leaves.
- A sloth will typically only defecate once every 7 to 10 days.
- A sloth may take 50 days or more to digest its food.
- The sloths mainly eat leaves hence gain very little energy.
- Their main predators include snakes, eagles and jaguars.
- The sloths can retain their grip on trees even after their deaths.
- The three-toed sloths can turn their heads to almost 3600.
- Sloths are normally nocturnal mammals.
- Two-toed and three-toed sloths are very similar. The only real difference in appearance (besides their toes) is that the Two-toed sloth is bigger.
- These tree huggers actually spend most of their time in trees (they’re considered arboreal animals). Sloths only leave the trees once a week to come down to do their business. YUP! Only once a week!
- Their claws are almost 4” to grip on trees but making them very slow when walking on the ground.
- Because of their routine of staying in one spot and moving slowly, sloths are often exposed to predators. Luckily, they stay high up in trees, making the hunt a bit more of a challenge. YAY!
- Sloths are not very social animals; they on interact when mating.
- Their gestation period is 10 months giving birth to one baby.
- A sloth at full tilt travels at 2-4 meters per minute.
- Sloths can live up to 40 years; the oldest known sloth reached 43 years.
- Sloths are extremely docile and pose no threat to humans. They look sweet and they are sweet!
- When facing a predator, sloths know it’s unlikely they will outrun them so they do their best to shriek, bite and slash. Go little sloth, go!
- Sloths give birth while hanging onto a branch!
Why We Should Live Our Lives More Like Sloths Do?
Sloths are adorable, slow-moving mammals that many people have grown to love. These peaceful animals can also teach us a thing or two about how we should live our lives, according to zoologist Lucy Cooke — author of “Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus,” a photo book filled with inspirational quotes about embracing and enjoying life.
“I have a soft spot for misunderstood animals. Sloths are very strange and hugely misunderstood. People think because they are slow they are lazy. But they are incredibly successful. The reason for their success is their slow formation, evolutionary advantages, being energy-saving icons and are brilliant at making due on very little calories every day.”Lucy Cooke, “Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus”
It’s sloths’ slow movements and simple lives that inspired Cooke to write her latest book filled with quotes on mindfulness and reflection. What we can learn from sloths, Lucy Cooke summarizes with the following sentences:
“We need to look at sloths as gurus for how to live our lives thanks to their slow, sustainable lives. We need to try and be more sloth-like. By being more mindful, we will be more considerate of the planet and of ourselves.“
Cooke said the book’s theme is “slowing down and appreciating life for what it is instead of chasing after what you want it to be.”
What are you favorite books, stories and facts about slots?