Curiosities: Why do sloths move so slowly?

By Eddy Montilla

Sloth

Sloths are native to Central and South America where they are called “oso perezoso” (literal translation=slothful/lazy bear) in Spanish. They have been unfairly branded as lazy animals, but the truth is they move slowly to avoid their biggest enemies: jaguars, eagles and of course humans. Another important idea is that they are herbivores and their main food sources provide very little energy or nutrition. Sloths spend most of their lives nestled between or hanging upside down from tree branches. They sleep from 15 to 18 hours and travel around 40 meters per day.

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