Experts have trouble finding sloth penises Almost every creature on Earth displays at least some degree of sexual dimorphism between the sexes, with the male and female of any species tending to look somewhat different. Before you feel bad for a sloth, just remember that they also, on average, have sex for half an hour at a time, so while they may not be the most well endowed animals, they sure as hell know how to put their mighty sloth wangs to good use.
Sloths are exceptionally hardy creatures considering their reputation, and can comfortably survive falling from the tops of trees without injury, usually reacting with nothing more than mild surprise that they just took a header at 80 MPH. According to the BBC , the animal identified as a brown-throated sloth sadly fell from the canopy of the rainforest and suffered severe brain damage as a result.
The vet attending to the sloth, Sam Trull, refused to euthanize the animal upon realizing it was pregnant. Sadly, both mother and baby passed away a short while later despite the best efforts of Trull and her medical team. I was at least able to unite mother and baby before they died, so it might not have been a very long life but at least it was a life.
Meaning sloths are also technically faster at moving through the air than they are along the ground. Sloths have been known to swim miles in search of both food and lady sloths, with one notable sloth lothario being observed swimming across a not insignificant patch of ocean to find his soulmate. It uses poor hygiene as camouflage Sloths, unlike many animals, tend not to groom themselves all that much and are noted as being so filthy and indifferent to their own cleanliness, algae and mold grows all over their fur to the point some members of the species literally turn green.
This, as it turns out, is a deliberate tactic on behalf of the sloth to blend in, as the green tinge the algae and mold gives their fur makes for an effective natural camouflage. Three toed sloths in particular are especially prone to the algae infestations, which it turns out is a deliberate and beneficial symbiotic relationship between the two organisms. In fact, some species of sloth are so reliant on algae for camouflage that mother sloths will intentionally allow their own babies to become infected with it so that they can blend in more effectively with the brush and treetops.
This allows most sloths to turn their heads an astonishing degrees, enabling them to see directly behind them without moving their entire body like most other mammals need to. However, a hole in this theory is that although all sloths have extra vertebrae, not all of them can turn their head in this way because their necks are too muscular.
To explain, sloths have an incredibly slow and efficient metabolism that allows them to near fully absorb the nutrients from the food they eat.
In addition, sloths can seemingly alter their metabolism at will, slowing it to the point they can put off needing to breathe for upwards of half an hour. This is another factor that makes them highly efficient swimmers. Meaning yes, the only thing sloths ever need to feel self-conscious about is having chubby ankles. Sloths seem to be a curious exception to this, partially because they kind of do have a near unlimited source of food.
Because of this, individual sloths tend to have a taste for particular leaves. Furthermore, this preference seems to be passed down from mother to child and young sloths will tend to eat the same leaves as their mother as they mature and venture out on their own, much in the same way most adult humans prefer the kind of ketchup or bread they had as a kid. Some leaves, a safe place to poop , and perhaps a pool of water to cannonball into every now and again to impress sloths of the opposite sex is all they really need to be content.
Or so we all thought, because according to the Wildlife Conservation Society they need one more thing: They believe this so much that on April 1, they launched a campaign you can donate to, to ensure no sloth in the rainforest ever gets wet again after their researchers discovered that the rainforest is, to their surprise, rainy.