International Day of the Sloth (20/10)

October 20, 2010 was declared International Sloth Day. Thus, among the holidays dedicated to the animal world of planet Earth, a new one appeared, designed to draw attention to an unusual animal, the habitat of which was the forests of Central and South America.

The sloth is indeed an unusual animal. It got its name for its exceptional slowness when moving. However, the word sloth should not be taken literally in relation to this representative of the fauna.

The slowness of the sloth is explained by energy-saving behavior, which, in turn, is determined by the diet and metabolic characteristics. It spends most of its time in trees, feeding on leaves. Sleep takes about 15-20 hours a day in their life, and food is digested in the stomach for about 90 hours. The sloth descends to the ground very rarely. This is where it is most vulnerable to predators. One of the reasons that makes him go down is the natural need to defecate. The sloth fulfills this need once a week. On the ground, the sloth, due to the peculiarities of the structure of the limbs, cannot rely on them and moves almost crawling. But in the water, he feels much freer, perfectly swimming and even diving.