START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
4,435,430 people care about Environment & Wildlife

9 Reasons Sloths Shall Inherit the Earth

9 Reasons Sloths Shall Inherit the Earth

Sloths are the coolest, and here’s why.

1. The sloth is the ultimate best friend

Three-toed sloths are best friends to the moths that live in their fur. These buddies spend most of their days chilling in the rainforest canopy together. But every week, the sloth will make its leisurely way down the tree to defecate, which makes them extremely vulnerable to predators. The question scientists have been asking for decades is: why don’t they just poo in the treetop?

Well, one study suggests that they come down, risking their lives, to let their moth friends lay eggs in the ground. Now that’s true friendship!

2. Sloth hair has magical powers

Scientists recently found 84 types of fungi in sloth hair, some of which were actively fighting against malaria, human breast cancer and other diseases. So basically, sloths could save humanity.

3. Sloths give birth hanging upside down

Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary/flickr

I don’t remember being born, but I imagine it’s a pretty disorienting experience. Just imagine being born in midair and having to cling with all your new-baby strength to the nearest thing just to prevent falling to your death. Welcome to your life, baby sloth.

4. Sloths never give up

Born upside down in a tree, as sloths also die upside down in a tree. Some have been known to maintain their grip on the branch even after  death.

5. Sloths are champion swimmers

Way to defy stereotypes, sloths. They may be slow-moving on land and in trees, but in water, they are speed demons. They can also hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.

6. Sloths have swivel power

Dale L. Puckett/flickr

Unlike almost all mammals, three-toed sloths have nine neck bones (most mammals only have seven). Thanks to this little evolutionary trick, they can turn their heads a whopping 270 degrees. Never try to hide from a sloth.

7. Two-toed sloths have a secret identity

You would think that three-toed and two-toed sloths can be distinguished by the number of toes they have. Wrong! Two-toed sloths actually have three toes. The difference is in the number of fingers, not toes. The confusion comes from a mistranslation (in Spanish, dedo means finger, but it can sometimes be translated to toe).

8. Sloths have a very good reason for being lazy

A sloth’s metabolism is half the rate expected for a mammal of its size. With their bodies working so hard to digest food, it’s no wonder the little guys aren’t the fastest movers in the animal kingdom.

9. You’ll never find anything cuter than a baby sloth

Case in point:


Dale L. Puckett/flickr

Read more: , , ,

Top photo: bokkema/flickr

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
3:26AM PDT on Sep 6, 2015

thanks for the article.

10:49AM PDT on Mar 9, 2015

Thank you

10:42AM PST on Nov 28, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

9:06AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Oh, these guys just get to me! SOOOOO adorable! Sebastian and Violette are too precious! How sweet to allow himself to be shaved and smeared- talk about a violation!!! (I know it was to help him get rid of the yuckies.) How he hugged Violette when they put him back down after his ordeal in the grease! Please save these guys! We should really learn from these cuties. They are soooo sloooooooow!

9:44AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Another repeat post.

12:53PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Sloths always remind me of Kristen Bell's "sloth meltdown" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show... that still has me laughing - I can't imagine anyone loving sloths more than her! :)

9:20AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Loved reading and enjoyed the wonderful photographs. Thanks.

2:57AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Thank you :)

4:54PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

OMG, so in love...wish I was a sloth, can nap all day

1:04PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

Sloths rule!

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

If I recall correctly when we lived in Arizona one winter it was illegal to take cacti out of the desert…

Oh my, I sure hope so.....

Quote from Al "The majority of us will just continue on with our Omnivore lives. Why don't you extremist…

meet our writers

Lindsay Spangler Lindsay Spangler is a Web Editor and Producer for Care2 Causes. A recent UCLA graduate, she lives in... more
ads keep care2 free

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!