5 odd and amazing facts about sloths
These unusual animals are famous for their lazy lifestyle and slow pace, but there are more amazing things you need to know about them. Enjoy these 5 little-known sloth facts.
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#1 There are three-toed and two-toed sloths
Don't get confused by these names, as the difference between the two genera is found in their front limbs ('fingers'), not 'toes'.
#2 They used to be giant
It's one of the most incredible but true facts about sloths. Ten thousand years ago, their unbelievably large ancestors inhabited North America. They weighed up to 4 tonnes and were as big as elephants.
#3 They are great swimmers
Sloths prefer to spend 90% of their time hanging below branches. If a sloth has to, it walks on the ground very slowly. Anyway, when it comes to swimming, they take things seriously. In water, sloths can move 5 times faster than they usually do.
#4 They move slowly to conserve energy
Sloths mostly feed on fruit, branches and leaves, so their diet doesn't provide much nutrition. By moving at sluggish pace, they conserve energy to survive. Usually, a sloth doesn't travel more than 120 feet (36 meters) a day.
#5 A baby sloth spends 6 months with its mother
Sloth mothers carry their babies on their bellies and help them to learn to provide for themselves. When sloths are ready to live on their own, they usually don't go far and continue to communicate with their mother.
This baby sloth is adorable, isn't it?
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