Which in your opinion is the sweetest animal ever? Let me guess…dog, cat, monkey, baby tiger? Today I am going to write something about very strange, but lovely animals- sloths.
Those small creatures, that unfortunately are endangered, spend most of their life hanging upside down from the trees. Thanks to their long paths and hooked claws, they can easily move from one branch to the other. Of course it is true that they are really slow, but once you will observe them, there is no way you won’t fell in love with them.
You can meet them in Central and South America. What is really interesting is the fact that sloths make a good habitat for other organisms, and a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, ciliates, fungi, and algae.
Sloths are not really able to defend themselves. Their only natural defenses are their claws. But on their luck, they don’t have many animal predators and mostly, they can be in a trouble only down, on the ground. Unfortunately there is one more problem. Despite of the jaguars and harpy eagle, their other predator is … human. The majority of recorded sloth deaths in Costa Rica are due to contact with electrical lines and poachers.
So, you may ask why do they go to the ground if it is so dangerous? The answer is really simple. Every 7-8 days they need to… urinate and defecate. They go to the same spot each time and are vulnerable to predation while doing so. The reason for this risky behavior is unknown.
As I said before, sloths are endangered species. Fortunately, there are some places where they take care of theme. There is one in Costa Rica where workers protect and rehabilitate those lovely animals. Here you can find out more about their hard work. http://www.slothsanctuary.com/
So, if you don’t want to fell in love with really sweet animals, DO NOT GO TO Central and South America.