Forget lions, tigers, unicorns, llamas and flamingos, there’s a new favourite animal in town. It’s remarkably slower than the lot of them but equally as lovable, just as fascinating, and the inspiration behind our new advert. This toe-tapping one right here. Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking about sloths. In fact, we’re so interested in the smiley, sleepy creatures, we’ve geeked up on a whole host of sloth facts. These won’t help you win the top prize in your local pub quiz, but you will be able to channel your inner David Attenborough. Which is way better, if you ask us.
a topsy-turvy world
Sloths are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America.
They spend almost their entire life topsy-turvy. That’s eating, sleeping, mating, and even giving birth upside down. A sloth’s fur parts in the middle and grows upwards for this very reason. This rather interesting hairstyle helps water to run off their bodies, during tropical rainstorms.
Although clumsy on land, these long-armed animals are excellent swimmers. To move to a new area of trees, sloths wait for the forest to flood then swim to their new home.
life in the slow lane
They move at a rate of about 40 yards per day, munching on leaves, twigs, buds and insects as they go.
Sloths have an exceptionally low metabolic rate and sometimes take a whole month to digest food. Someone get these guys a prune or two.
Sloths only leave their tree and head to the ground below once a week for the toilet. This is when they’re most at risk from predators.
There are two different types of sloths, two-toed and three-toed, but… all sloths have three toes, but the two-toed sloth has only two fingers. Confused? Us too.
According to San Diego Zoo, thousands of years ago, sloths ranged in size from that of an average-sized dog to that of an elephant.
Sloths spend 15-20 hours per day sleeping. Two-toed sloths are nocturnal, whereas three-toed sloths are active in the day.
Three-toed sloths have a facial colouring that makes them look like they’re always smiling. Cute, eh?
Sloths have two extra neck vertebrae that allow them to turn their heads almost all the way around.
If you’ve ever wondered what a sloth sounds like, it’s apparently a bit like the hiss of a deflating balloon. It also can squeal and grunt.
The algae that grows on a sloth’s fur also helps them avoid predators by letting them blend in with green leaves of the forest canopy. It’s also home to a range of bugs and insects.
If you’ve seen our dancing sloth in action, and you’re interested in getting your hands on your own, click here to find out how you can make it happen.