Ever find yourself feeling philoslothical? (Sorry – we couldn’t help ourselves). Here are five fast facts about our favourite, very slow animal. Hang in there!
It can take a whole day for a sloth to cross from one tree to the next, while another may scarcely ever move from a favourite tree. Sloths have little need to speed up as they’re surrounded by their leafy food and well camouflaged from predators! When climbing, they reach a scorching top speed of 1.6 km/h.
Sloths are vegetarians and have large, complicated stomachs to help them digest their food. They take a month to completely digest a meal!
Sloths look like they’re grinning all the time. To save energy, they don’t ever change their expression (We have to admit, we haven't ever been that lazy).
Didn’t get off the sofa last weekend? Don’t feel too bad about it. Sloths rarely come down to the ground because they’re vulnerable there and can only move by crawling awkwardly.
The fur of a sloth often appears greenish due to the growth of algae, which thrives in the humidity of the rainforest. The coat is also home to the sloth moth – which lives nowhere else.
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