10 Facts About The Adorable Sloths

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Sloths are the cutest animals in the world. Okay, that's just my opinion, but you know it’s true. Below are 10 real facts about them.


1
The sloth is the only animal named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

2
During a rainy season, the sloth's metabolism slows down so much that it can starve to death on a full stomach.

3
The average speed of a sloth is 2 meters per minute along the ground, while through trees it is slightly faster, 3 meters per minute.

4
Sloths only poop once a week.

5
Sloths can turn their head 270 degree.

6
11,000 years ago, elephant-sized ground sloths called Megatherium roamed South America.

7
Sloths are excellent swimmers, moving three times faster in water than on land.

8
There are only 79 pygmy three-toed sloths left in the world.

9
Sloths mate in trees and give birth to their young in trees.

10
Sloths do not grab their own arm and fall to their deaths. This was an assertion made by Douglas Adams in an essay "The Salmon of Doubt." There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.