Have you ever watched a sloth and thought, “Wow, I wish I could have a Monday as chill as their entire life”? Sloths are the unofficial mascots of taking it easy, but there’s more to these adorable, laid-back creatures than meets the eye. Here are three facts you probably didn’t know.
Move Slow And Nobody Gets Hurt
Sloths are famous for their incredibly slow movements, but did you know that this leisurely pace is a survival tactic? In the wild, sloths move at a pace of about 0.03 miles per hour. By moving slowly, they avoid detection by predators such as eagles and jaguars.
Sloths are walking ecosystems! Thanks to their long, coarse fur, sloths provide a home to a variety of other organisms. In the wild, you can find algae, fungi, moths, and even beetles living in the fur of a sloth. Kind of gross, but also kind of cool.
The Tree is Their Kingdom
Finally, these creatures spend almost their entire lives in trees, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by their long claws. But here’s the kicker—sloths are so adapted to this arboreal life that they even sleep, eat, and give birth while hanging in the trees.