Monday, February 17, 2014

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

Typically when we hear the word "sloth" we think of the Seven Deadly Sins - being lazy and sluggish. Or some of us might think of those sleepy, alien-looking animals that are greenish and weird and live in trees. But are they really that weird? They are a kind of cute if you take a closer look, and in Lucy Cooke's A Little Book of Sloth, we learn all about these creatures.

It all began with a sloth named Buttercup. Judy Arroyo  established a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica after the orphaned Buttercup landed on her doorstep.

Cooke's book takes a sneak peak at the other sloths living at the sanctuary. The sloths love to snuggle, cuddle, and sleep. Page after page is full of pictures that will make you reconsider sloth's reputation. Sure, they really like to nap, but they are almost too cute for words.

Some fun facts you may not have known: 

1.Sloths climb down from trees once a week to poop. They bury their business in a hole in the ground. Not so dirty after all. 

2.  There are two kinds of sloths - two or three-toed sloths. Their claws look menacing, but they mostly eat fruits and veggies. 

3. Sloths often fall out of the trees they live in and can be seriously injured. It's devastatingly adorable to see baby twin sloths photographed in full body casts.

So, if you are questioning "What animal will be the next owl or fox and cause a major trend?" The answer my friends is the sloth. 

If you enjoy this lovely animal story, you may also like to try Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers.

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