Hope your ready to have your heart melted in what can only be described as a cute-overload. Listen at your own peril to endangered baby sloths talking on the video and take heed from one male listener who said: “I had to punch a hole in the wall to feel manly again.”
Being the second slowest mammal in the world, the herbivore sloth moves so slowly that algae grows on it’s fury coat, which acts as camouflage in the trees of it’s Central and South American rain forest home.
Sloths sleep around 15 to 20 hours each day, hanging from branches in the treetops and often remain motionless even when awake. At night they eat leaves, shoots and fruit from the trees and get almost all of their water from juicy plants.
Sloths mate and give birth while hanging in the trees and their babies travel by hanging onto their mother for the first nine months of their lives. Adult sloths are around 23 inches long and weigh around 8.75 lbs and are the only mammal to have an extra neck vertebrae that allows them to turn their heads some 270 degrees.
Parent sloths teach their young how to climb trees and survive in the rain forest. Consequently orphaned sloths need to be taught how to learn this skill, in order to survive. Rocking chairs are an excellent tool for teaching baby sloths to navigate moving objects. like swaying trees.
Sloths are greatly disadvantaged on land because they have weak back legs which provide no power and their long claws get in the way. The only way they can get around on land is to dig their front claws into the ground and use their strong front legs to pull themselves along, dragging their bellies across the ground.
If sloths are caught on land by predators they have no chance and can only defend themselves by clawing and biting, which is useless against big cats, for example. Fortunately they are great swimmers though. Occasionally sloths fall out of rain forest tree tops and land in rivers, and casually swim back to land, using their long arms with efficient stokes.
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