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Brown-Throated Three-Toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 by in Other Orders | 0 comments

Bradypus variegatus

Number 0053

I didn’t know much about sloths, but my friend Laura requested one, and boy, I think they’re one of my favorite mammals now. I just love the way they look, like a cross between Chewbacca and E.T., and I love that they sleep 20 hours a day and hardly move even when they’re awake. I love their claws and their coarse fur. A few things you should check out:

a three-month-old three-toed sloth on Flickr

a three-toed sloth swimming (they swim really well!)

“The Propagation of the Species,” a poem by Jennifer Michael Hecht,
also recommended by Laura, that contains a joke about a sloth

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