The sloth is a slow-moving mammal that lives in the trees of the Central and South American Rainforest. Sloths spend most of their lives in those trees rarely venturing to the ground; they eat, sleep, mate, and give birth hanging upside-down. Those strong, curved claws that are on each of this cutie’s four feet help her to hold the tree branches, or in this case, a chair. They are nocturnal and sleep about 15 to 18 hours each day.
Sloths move through the trees so slowly and often have green algae encrusting their fur and are herbivores eating leaves, tender young shoots, and fruit. This little lady was orphaned when she was a wee baby and was taken in by a family near Portobello. We interrupted her lunch the day we visited but she didn’t seem to mind.