Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sloth

Most views of sloths are like this one.  A brown ball high in a tree.  It is rare to see a sloth doing anything else because they spend almost their entire lives sleeping in trees.  They are so lazy that some mother sloths will not even climb down a tree to help a one of their children who has fallen from the tree.  It just takes too much energy for them.

They have very little energy because their diet is so poor, consisting of leaves with little nutritional value.

If you enlarge the photo, you might notice a green hue to the fur of the sloth.  That is common, but not natural.  It is created by the entire ecosystem of stuff that lives in their fur.

The best sloth photo I have seen is can be seen at this link.  JM, a very talented photographer and world traveler, experienced a sloth climbing out of the jungle right next to him.

The Costa Rican tourism authorities think that sloths are cute and they feature a cartoon sloth on the advertisements for people to come visit Costa Rica.  Whatever sells.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of an old cemetery and the ruins of a Friary on the Hill of Slane, Ireland..






7 comments:

Judy said...

Interesting info on the sloth. I looked at JM's photo and have decided that they are cute. I do wonder why they don't find more nutritious things to eat, but maybe that would be to much trouble.

Sharon said...

You have some very interesting facts about sloths here.

glenda said...

This guy looks very tired! JM's sloth was a little more animated.

Jack said...

JM and you are now the first and second foremost sloth experts.

Bob Crowe said...

Which makes me think: between the two of us, could we do a Seven Deadly Sins series in and around Tamarindo?

Thanks for the link to JM's photo. It's spectacular.

JM said...

Thanks for the link to my post, Dave. I was actually really lucky as I could have touched the Sloth if I wanted to.

Kate said...

The Como Zoo in St, Paul also has sloths; interesting animals to watch.

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