Grandma Sloth

Three-Toed Sloth by Jorge

The sloth is one of Costa Rica’s main ecotourism attractions. This one was in Manuel Antonio National Park. It does not look like much more than a matted hairball, but you can see one of its claws. They only move about three hours a day, so it was not worth waiting around for it to turn. They are about the size of a small dog. They spend all day hanging upside-down. This position makes pooping somewhat difficult. About once a week, they climb down from the trees, dig a little hole and go in there. They are also the most parasite ridden mammal in the world. Tourists, at rescue organizations, are sometimes given sloths to hold. Inevitably people come away with bugs crawling all over them. 

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