Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

Sloths are freaking amazing! They appear adorable and cuddly, however, after reading this you may not want to actually cuddle with them. What I learned is a sloth’s fur is loaded with other organisms including insects, moths, algae, lichen, fungus, and more. This fur grows outward to allow rain to flow away from their body. During the rainy season, sloths' fur increases algae growth and becomes a nice sheen of green. This algae growth seems to be mutually beneficial as the sloth gets excellent camouflage out of it and the algae get to grow. Also, humans may get something amazing out of it as studies have shown this special alga has the ability to prevent and even cure cancer. Fungi found on sloths have been shown to prevent bad bacteria and parasites. The name sloth comes from their perceived inactivity or laziness, of course, that is from an older less educated human perspective. Sloths actually spend 95% of their time slowly eating tree leaves and sleeping. They have a very slow metabolism and can take up to 2 months to digest the leaves they eat. They stay up in the tree canopy for the majority of their life and only come down to the ground to go to the bathroom. They actually climb down to the bottom of a tree and bury their feces at the base. This obviously helps fertilize the tree even as this puts them at risk of predation. also has Fungi which have been proven to prevent bacteria and parasites. So many more cool adaptations to sloths and here are links for more info and for a virtual adoption:

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