Slow down and watch some caring people help these adorable critters!
Published July 18, 2014
Sloths may be slow, but Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa have to move fast when they rescue these cute creatures. The husband and wife team help sloths at their animal rescue center in Gamboa, Panama.
Some sloths need to be rescued because they lose their homes when people chop down trees where the sloths live and others need to be relocated away from car traffic or other dangerous situations. The rescuers move the sloths to safer places back in the rain forests. The sloths can put up a fight because they don't realize the rescuers are trying to help them.
Sometimes Yángüez and Correa take in baby sloths that have lost their mom and take care of them until they are big enough to live on their own. Rescuing sloths can be tough work, but for the rescuers it's also rewarding to see the sloths go back into the wild where they belong.
- Sloths spend 90 percent of their lives upside down hanging from tree branches. Scientists have found that sloths have a special gluelike substance in their bodies that holds their stomach, kidneys, and other organs in place and makes it easier for the sloths to breathe while upside down.
- Three-toed sloths come down to the forest floor only once every three weeks to go to the bathroom. During these potty breaks, moths that live in the sloths' fur lay eggs in the fresh poo piles. The eggs hatch and eventually turn into moths that fly up the trees to live on the sloths. The moths help the sloths' fur grow more algae, which is a food source for the sloths.