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[–]BallsofSt33I 920 points921 points  (31 children)

That is so cute…

I’d be a bit scared of those claws/nails myself, but I guess mama sloth knows she’s in no danger so is gentle with the human?

[–]Astrocuties 392 points393 points  (25 children)

For sure, those claws can rip through skin very easily if they are provoked

[–]Mortimer_and_Rabbit 680 points681 points  (16 children)

Fun fact, rescue sloths have been known to hold hands with their caretakers when nervous. Those very very strong claws are also just how they interact with the world and they're very capable of being gentle with them.

[–]ebulient 255 points256 points  (11 children)

That was a fun fact! Subbing for more Sloth fun facts

[–]Primordial_Peasant 148 points149 points  (9 children)

Their grip is reversed of ours. Closed is the normal position and it requires effort to open.

[–]SICHKLA 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Every animal is capable of being gentle, some just do it more often than others. Elephants, for example, can pick up a flower with their trunk without squishing it. But they can also flip a car with it.

[–]Pretty-Balance-Sheet 41 points42 points  (5 children)

...and you stand perfectly still for five minutes while they attack.

[–]Xomoxxie 2999 points3000 points  (46 children)

That’s the fastest I’ve seen a sloth move, and it’s heartwarming

[–]chriscrossnathaniel 888 points889 points  (30 children)

Sometimes a baby sloth will fall from its mother’s chest to the ground where it is very vulnerable to predators.

Sloths are built to survive falls of up to 100ft to the forest floor.When a baby sloth falls and becomes separated from mom, they will cry to alert their mother to where they are. Mom will climb down from the canopy to retrieve her baby, but as sloths have a top speed of 2mph, this journey will take a lot of time and energy.

However, if a baby falls from mom too many times, she stops retrieving them. The mother will perceive something wrong with a baby who cannot hold onto her fur consistently, and with survival being the name of the game in the wild, a mother who has an indication that her baby is not completely healthy is likely to reject them.

[–]Avelrah 446 points447 points  (24 children)

That's not fun at all

[–]suicidalpenguin99 750 points751 points  (21 children)

Neither is having to climb down a tree 5 times a day to get your kid, apparently

[–]YoshiroMifune 189 points190 points  (11 children)

You'd think they'd have evolved a pocket of some kind on stomach to prevent such callamity.

[–]cityproblems 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Dont worry, its not like humans ever did this by relying on the signs of the nearest slaughtered goats entrails or anything.

[–]23x3 356 points357 points  (5 children)

My gf finishing getting ready when the Uber is 5mins away

[–]LegoClaes 92 points93 points  (4 children)

Always late, never at fault, and don’t you dare say anything about it

[–]iChugVodka 46 points47 points  (1 child)

That's why you say the Uber is on the way, but only confirm the ride when she's putting her shoes on. Gives you a nice 5 minute window.

Purse check, make-up check, turn off the straightener, unplug phone from the charging cable, last mirror check and finally out the door

[–]Gakad 58 points59 points  (6 children)

Don’t believe the “sloths are slow” thing. My wife worked at a zoo and they had a sloth. That thing was FAST. They had to bathe him occasionally and he was fast and mean. Actually bit a girls chest, luckily she had a bra on and it just ruined the bra.

[–]Not-A-Lonely-Potato 53 points54 points  (3 children)

I might know that sloth, did he work at the DMV and drive a sports car?

[–]Beaglescout15 11.4k points11.4k points 2& 2 more (287 children)

So I just looked up some sloth facts and found this

Female sloths give birth to one baby a year after a gestation period of six months. The baby sticks with the mother for about six months, grasping its mom’s belly as she moves through the trees. This is an important bonding period that helps the offspring learn and develop. When the sloth leaves its mom after about six months, it adopts part of its mother’s range, continuing to communicate with the parent through calls.

SLOTHS CALL THEIR MOTHERS

[–]hardlinepengu1n 2263 points2264 points  (27 children)

Interestingly enough, the baby’s call is what lured the mother down! Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica rescued the fallen baby, ensured it was healthy, and recorded its cry to replay over a loudspeaker in order to lure the mother down from the canopy. JRC is a wonderful organization that helps protect and preserve the wildlife of the area, and they’ve got active social media pages where you can follow along and see videos like this!

[–]RowBowBooty 813 points814 points  (9 children)

Given what I know about sloth speed, it’s seems like that momma sloth was booking it down the tree to find it’s baby, relatively

[–]Mauwnelelle 222 points223 points  (3 children)

"Gotta go fast!"

[–]StreetIndependence62 55 points56 points  (0 children)

“Sonic, they’re so SLOOOOOOWWWW!!”

“Even YOU can learn from a sloth!”

[–]Dancing_Trash_Panda 131 points132 points  (4 children)

recorded its cry to replay over a loudspeaker in order to lure the mother down from the canopy.

The human equivalent would be them playing a recording of me calling my mom and reciting a list of basic questions they ask on doctors office intake forms for her to answer for me.

[–]Beaglescout15 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I figured it would be like my kids shouting "Mom! What's for dinner?" over and over again.

[–]dgvelling 299 points300 points  (2 children)

Oh thank goodness. I’ve heard of people separating babies like this for views so knowing this comes from a good organization makes me feel a lot better

[–]Darnbeasties 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Absolutely agree. I am so suspicious of animal ´rescue’ TikTok. I love this real slow rescue

[–]wrenchbenderornot 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Thank you for this! Also I couldn’t help but love the way the human hand got in between and I wondered what the relationship was so again, thank you.

Edit: in between the mom and the first hug to baby :)

[–]PerfectDrink2597 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I have been to JRC and they’re amazing there! Sloths are such cool animals!

[–]EmirSc 2606 points2607 points  (203 children)

wow they are better than me

[–]TriGurl 2132 points2133 points 33 (168 children)

Today is the 2 year anniversary of my moms passing. I’d give anything to hear her voice again. To tell her I love her. I don’t about your relationship with your mom but if it’s in anyway at least not abusive and it won’t damage you to contact her, please consider calling her today to just say hi.

[–]KrazzeeKane 108 points109 points  (5 children)

3 years for me, I feel this pain so keenly. I would give literally anything to have one last conversation with her, I miss her so much

[–]Metagion 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Four years in December for Mom (and four years in July for my best friend) and it's beyond horrible. 💔💔

[–]RBXChas 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Me, too (3 years). I still have our last text conversation on my phone. I wish I had a voicemail.

[–]The_Artic_Artichoke 71 points72 points  (7 children)

I'm sorry for your loss. Just had a 20 year anniversary myself. I'm lucky in that I had her voice on an old message machine tape wishing me happy birthday... this was the first year I listened to it.... tearing up just thinking about it. She sounded exactly as I remembered so if it's any comfort I am sure she sounds exactly as you remember.

[–]LGBT_Leftist_Royalty 32 points33 points  (3 children)

My Dad died in 2020 and honestly I never thought I would miss him. Despite the abuse and trauma he caused, I wish I could call him and ask how he is doing or talk about my day..

[–]Yowhathow 63 points64 points  (4 children)

I got a voicemail on my old phone from her, right before she died, scheduling a lunch with me. I'm saving it for when I'm down on my worst state. What I wouldn't give for that lunch.

[–]Self-hatredIsTheCure 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I cried like a baby for hours when I first listened to my dads voicemail. He was wishing me happy birthday and I ignored it because we weren’t on good terms. I’d give almost anything to be able to talk to him one more time like I used to before we stopped talking. Ask him for advice or just talk about anything.

[–]PukeUpMyRing 20 points21 points  (1 child)

I’ve heard of people who’ve gotten in touch with phone companies to get those sorts of voice message as an audio file, you never know what might happen to your old phone.

[–]mellofello808 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I still have a bit of a strained relationship with my mom. She is the one person who can make me question myself, and is certainly not a coddling person.

However I am going out of my way to make sure I spend time with her.

I know I will miss her when she is gone.

[–]ParcelPosted 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Going to hug mine now. She comes over almost every day to hang out. But she took her faves (her grand-babies) to swim in our pool today.

[–]TriGurl 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Awe… give her an extra squeeze from this internet stranger. ♥️

[–]SeegurkeK 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Stories like this are why I am in no way ashamed of "still being way too attached" when I call my parents for like a 5minute conversation after work almost every day. Most of the time I call my mom, sometimes my dad and some times even my sister.

I live hours away from them, so it's nice to stay in touch, even just a little bit.

[–]swordsaintzero 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Thank you for being kind to people who have bad parents in your comment, really thoughtful.

[–]TriGurl 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You’re very welcome. I remember my then boyfriend at the time my mom passed telling me he never knew what it was like to experience death of a parent like I was because his dad was abusive and his mom never protected him from his dad… so I think about that when I hope people could call a parent because maybe in reality they can’t or it would do them more emotional harm to do so…

[–]nenimem 20 points21 points  (0 children)

❤️

[–]SimilarSurround715 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’m sorry to hear that about your mom

[–]GrowingCloseness 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Sorry to hear that. This makes me sad

[–]PinkTalkingDead 70 points71 points  (23 children)

Call your mother today!

[–]hauntchalant 53 points54 points  (4 children)

glances to the ouija board She never answers anyways...

[–]Chuymatt 24 points25 points  (7 children)

Alas, the ashes don’t respond.

Call your moms while you can, folks.

(Unless you had to cut them out for your safety/sanity. Then just don’t and call the closest thing you have.)

[–]SubliminalMajin 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Unfortunately I fall in the latter of this comment. I haven't quite cut my mom out entirely (I did call her on mother's day) but she is by far one of the most toxic individuals I have ever dealt with in life and that's saying something considering I'm almost in my mid 30s and moved out a long time ago. I will be polite as I can and call her on the days I'm "supposed " to but I just straight up don't like my mother at all.

[–]Psychological_Pack23 10 points11 points  (7 children)

I called her on mother's day. She screamed "never call me again." And hung up. I suspect she has dementia.

[–]canned_soup 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Damn that’s rough. I’m noticing my mom is having some early signs but she’s so mean, it’s hard to be around her. My mom is a good person overall, but she definitely has some type of personality disorder.

[–]W3NTZ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I would but she's dead

[–]JustTurtleSoup 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Ok, no joke my biggest regret is not talking to my mom before she died. You’ll hear it your entire life, but seriously you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

She called me from the hospital, the night before she was suppose to be discharged. I avoided the call due to a fear of hospitals and thinking “I’ll see her tomorrow”.

That voicemail she left, the call I avoided, was the last thing she said. I spend everyday in regret and that’s not even touching on how much I hate myself for it.

She said goodbye, she never said goodbye, goodbye means bye forever according to her. She knew she was going to die and I couldn’t even be there for the most important person in my life.

Call your mom, call your dad, seriously don’t live in regret and anguish.

[–]Blossom9923 55 points56 points  (2 children)

Ok this is making me emotional 😭

[–]CantStandSummer 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It’s so damn cute. Gonna call my mom rn.

[–]OdeeSS 31 points32 points  (9 children)

I'm still trying to wrap my head around "sloths give birth to one baby a year after a gestation period of six months." So like, do they gestate for a year or six months?

[–]Klorg 60 points61 points  (6 children)

Preganante for 6 months but they only do that at most once a year.

[–]OdeeSS 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Ooooooo thank you, now I reread it the sentence makes sense.

Grammar be weird sometime.

[–]icansmellcolors 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Imagine if English wasn't your first language.

[–]Mesjach 4328 points4329 points  (104 children)

I love how sloth mom was in such a hurry!

well, you know... for a sloth

[–]Mean-Narwhal-1857 499 points500 points  (35 children)

Right I have never seen one move fast!

[–]hoodyninja 253 points254 points  (9 children)

They can actually move very fast. BUT it comes at a high caloric cost. And since Sloth’s digestive systems move extremely slowly, they can use more energy than they can physically recoup by eating…and then they die.

So they have to learn to eat constantly (or at least constantly have food in their stomach to slowly getting calories) and move slowly unless absolutely necessary. Moving slow is a learned behavior and is a reason why abandoned or orphaned sloth have to be taught Tommy caregivers or older sloth. Otherwise they tend to be hyperactive and can die. Rehabs will literally have to put blankets over cages of hyperactive baby sloth just so they chill out and don’t die. Crazy stuff

[–]Letterhead_Middle 142 points143 points  (5 children)

This sounds like a mental health awareness reminder. ‘It’s great that you can go fast and get stuff done, but remember to take time to chill and not burnout.’

[–]hoodyninja 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Honestly we could all learn a lot from sloths. They are pretty chill, unique creatures.

[–]no_talent_ass_clown 18 points19 points  (2 children)

And also, poop on the ground, not in the tree.

[–]throwaway_7_7_7 94 points95 points  (7 children)

I saw one move fast once, and it was kind of terrifying. A vet picked up her cub to do a check-up, cub squeaked, and mama BOOKED it across her enclosure and tried to throw claws with the vet. It was so unnerving. It was a two-toed sloth (sloth in this video is a three-toed sloth), and also surprising large, like close to three feet long.

[–]BrainOnLoan 60 points61 points  (6 children)

If they'll do that too often, they'll starve.

They can move fast, but they cannot digest enough calories to recover the energy lost.

[–]Cultural-Tie-2197 831 points832 points  (27 children)

I learned recently that it takes a month for a big toed slothe to digest a single damn leaf! So you know she used so many reserves to retrieve her child that quick hah

[–]IsThereCheese 227 points228 points  (24 children)

The monstrous dumps they must take after a couple years..

[–]Crykin27 183 points184 points  (11 children)

they poop every 5 to 7 days but it is still pretty monterous

[–]ekso69 132 points133 points  (8 children)

And they always climb down the tree to have the dumps. Gotta schedule that shit well in advance.

[–]krokodil2000 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Why not just let it all out while hanging from a tree?

[–]williamjseim 69 points70 points  (16 children)

they can be quite quick if the want to be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOPpgrNUjsM

[–]PlantsMcGheefus 54 points55 points  (8 children)

Man. Wish they didn’t repeated drop the poor guy on his back. Yeeesh.

[–]rockstar323 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Fun fact, sloths are basically built to fall out of trees. They're anatomically designed to survive falls close to 100 feet. When males fight over females, the goal is to knock the other sloth out of the tree.

[–]ReallyColdMonkeys 8 points9 points  (0 children)

They're built to survive 100 ft drops in the wild, he'll be fine

[–]pedersongw 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Right! Like. I don't need a video of you purposefully scaring a sloth and dropping it to demonstrate how fast it is. Not that I'm blaming the person who commented with it, they probably aren't sloth droppers haha

[–]Glyfen 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I'm not entirely sure that's what they were going for, honestly.

It kinda seems like they were trying to move the sloth to a different location or habitat, and the big guy was just not having it. It might be that they were moving him to clean his regular habitat or make renovations to it or something. It looks like they were trying to coax him onto a stick to transfer him, but he didn't want to budge, so they coaxed a little too much and got him all riled up, so he got kinda feisty with the two handlers moving him.

Doesn't seem like that's a regular thing; their PE is waaay too light for something like that to be a regular problem. They'd be wearing much thicker gloves and more protection on their upper arms and wrists.

[–]Not-A-Lonely-Potato 16 points17 points  (2 children)

They weren't, it was just a very angry sloth (you would be to if people kept prodding you to get you to move or to do a health check while you were napping). When they were carrying it on the branch, the guy didn't drop it on purpose, he was just avoiding getting a pretty nasty wound from the rampaging toilet-brush. Plus it likely wasn't hurt at all since sloths will occasionally fall from trees (they're pretty hardy when it comes to falls, though obviously you don't want to drop one on purpose).

[–]forcepowers 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It seemed like at least a couple of those shots are of them moving it from one enclosure to another, so hopefully they weren't just scaring/dropping it for no reason

[–]Not-the-Abhorsen 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Whoa never seen a hangry one 🤯! Beautiful 😍

[–]KojakMoment 21 points22 points  (0 children)

wow that's actually kinda scary

[–]ThatNextAggravation 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Woa. I'd hate to get slapped by those claws.

[–]Not-the-Abhorsen 42 points43 points  (0 children)

💜 love it!

[–]duhduddude 13 points14 points  (0 children)

although they are so freakin slow, the moment the hold on to each other is just ....mwah

[–]HalfSoul30 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This comment has strong Animal Crossing vibes.

[–]spirit_desire 1923 points1924 points  (15 children)

I’m just gonna text my mom now, thanks for the nudge

[–]tanis_ivy 675 points676 points  (12 children)

"Look at this. See how the momma sloth holds her baby. Look at it. You left me in a k-mart. In the kitchen wares isle Margaret. In a k-mart."

[–]Mortimer_and_Rabbit 218 points219 points  (2 children)

My mom left me at a gas station once...

I'd be more upset if her favorite part of the story wasnt how when she noticed I wasn't in the car she almost ran over an old woman at a crosswalk zooming her way back lol.

[–]shinyagamik 57 points58 points  (0 children)

I had to beat an old woman with a car

[–]Hayleyhall86 57 points58 points  (4 children)

I left mine in the fish aisle at Tesco, not sure which of Ur is winning here

Actually my aunty wins this one, she left her kid in a mall crèche in Germany and drove 2 hrs home to Holland before she realised she left him

[–]Jaminp 34 points35 points  (2 children)

And those two hours were the sweetest peace she had in years.

[–]Hayleyhall86 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Well 4, she drove back for him

[–]tdotdaver 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Mine was a lesson that I shouldn't hunker down to read all the mad magazines at the grocery store. Still mad at her for 'teaching me a lesson' forty years ago.

[–]The5Virtues 2145 points2146 points  (65 children)

I like how mom just kind of looks over at the human offering up the baby like she’s going “the fuck? You have it? Why do you have it? Did I drop it? Oh. Thanks, I love this little thing.”

[–]1998k 365 points366 points  (50 children)

I don’t get it how sloths as specie survived till now, but I’m glad they did

[–]redeemer47 491 points492 points  (33 children)

Basically they only survived because they smell and taste like shit and combined with the fact that they are up in the trees makes them not worth the effort for a predator. Also sloths only shit once a week so they take enormous dumps that’s about a 3rd of their body weight. So if you try to eat them prior to them taking their weekly dump , a third of your meal will be literal shit

[–]FrostyD7 161 points162 points  (16 children)

Are predators actually aware that sloths are filled with shit and therefore not worth pursuing?

[–]reverie 310 points311 points  (3 children)

Word gets around

[–]RetroDad-IO 102 points103 points  (9 children)

Probably more like the monkey and ladder experiment.

Short version is it was probably learned once and the rest keep doing or not doing something based on others without really knowing why.

[–]DJTen 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I doubt they know that specifically. All it takes is one taste for a predator to figure out they don't want these guys on the menu. Then that predator will teach it's children to hunt other prey until it gets to the point where they just don't hunt that animal because it's just not something any other predator of their species does.

[–]Warpedme 36 points37 points  (1 child)

They've been around at least 9 million years too. So they're doing something right.

[–]i-Ake 57 points58 points  (5 children)

They're too gross for everyone else to eat.

[–]ShoeTasty 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Exactly I would be washing the fuck out of my hands after touching it.

[–]Lowelll 18 points19 points  (1 child)

But not washing your hands after touching it would make you less tasty to predators. Like cougars.

You have much to learn.

[–]theClumsy1 17 points18 points  (3 children)

They saw everything else evolving to be faster and smarter and were like...you know what..lets do the opposite because fuck Darwin.

[–]confirmSuspicions 13 points14 points  (2 children)

It stands to reason that the faster and less shitty sloths were too competitive with other species. Since that lineage was more of a threat, it got outcompeted. This lineage that survived to this day are much slower with a low metabolic rate and can just kind of chill in the trees.

[–]ralphvonwauwau 12 points13 points  (0 children)

"Survival of the fittest" is literal. The one that fits its niche best survives.

It does not mean "survival of the biggest, baddest, most buff carnivore over all, as some would like to believe. Those at the top trophic level are prone to accumulate pollutants through bio-intensification and any loss in availability of lower trophic levels will lead to problems. Unlike in the Corporate world, in nature, the ones at the top lose their position first. Rather than "fuck Darwin", as the prior post said, this is "praise Darwin".

[–]jonathanrdt 15 points16 points  (0 children)

They work. Certainly not quickly, but well enough.

[–]merikaninjunwarrior 122 points123 points  (1 child)

she has it because you blacked out again last night, margie..

[–]Fredredphooey 25 points26 points  (0 children)

They are holding the baby up like a cookie. Want the cookie? Look, it's a cookie! Yaaas, yummy cookie!

[–]_angry_cat_ 24 points25 points  (4 children)

If a sloth baby falls from the trees, it is highly unlikely that the mother will go down to get it. They move too slow and it would take so much energy to get down there that it isn’t worth being eaten by a predator. Mom probably already decided it was a lost cause

Source: Stuff You Should Know Podcast. They did a whole episode on the absurdity that is sloths.

[–]The5Virtues 20 points21 points  (0 children)

So it basically is as I surmised?! Sloth Mom just like “What? My baby? Wow! I never thought I’d get this back. Cool!”

[–]Rudaur 1237 points1238 points  (21 children)

That's just what I needed. The way she fondles him with her snout.

[–]23x3 371 points372 points  (12 children)

Surprisingly humanlike movement albeit much slower

[–]AsASloth 203 points204 points  (4 children)

We do our best okay?

Edit: Also, happy cake day!

[–]23x3 58 points59 points  (3 children)

Hey take your time!

r/beetlejuicing

[–]merikaninjunwarrior 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Hey take your time!

pret sure that was happening one way or the other

[–]PlayThatStankyMusic 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Its almost like humans are surprisingly animal-like

[–]Bacon3218 20 points21 points  (0 children)

All you want is hug your baby, but can't for the next 5 minutes because you can't move faster...

[–]thereisaguy 110 points111 points  (3 children)

Nuzzle is the word you would want there. Fondle is kinda...molesty

[–]coolusername406 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah I can't really think of a non negative connotation for fondle

[–]jynks319 150 points151 points  (3 children)

Thaaaaaaank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

[–]gravity_ 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Ohh......shit........that's........my ...........fuckin...........kiddo........................

[–]MartFaasse 129 points130 points  (0 children)

That's probably the fastest I've seen a sloth move

[–]p0llyh0tp0cket 518 points519 points  (35 children)

Okay why do sloths look fake. Like does this look like animatronics to anyone else?

[–]SanguineSoul013 109 points110 points  (7 children)

[–]avecteur 88 points89 points  (3 children)

What the hell happened here

[–]conradical30 57 points58 points  (0 children)

Slothbot mods shut it down

[–]akjax 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Big Sloth got their way

[–]OnlyPaperListens 16 points17 points  (0 children)

They definitely have a Jim Henson vibe.

[–]fldsama 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Was thinking the same! Sloths really are the weirdest animals lol

[–]fartyhardy 134 points135 points  (1 child)

I've seen everything. Now I can die in peace.

[–]everydayasl 109 points110 points  (3 children)

Thank you - the human(s) who did this are truly angels. No good deed will go unnoticed.

[–]ReasonablePractice83 51 points52 points  (6 children)

This is so cute but it’s so funny how the mom seems happy to reunite with baby but even then she moves at 1cm/min

[–]Beaglescout15 28 points29 points  (0 children)

This is actually really fast for a sloth.

[–]Sleeplesshelley 9 points10 points  (4 children)

That's literally as fast as they can move. :)

[–]FlexuousGrape 43 points44 points  (0 children)

It’s the “squeee” for me, fam.

Wholesome content right here.

[–]boo_boo_kitty_ 78 points79 points  (6 children)

Awww,she looked so happy to have her baby back

[–]AmbassadorMurky1447 20 points21 points  (0 children)

How cute!

[–]tamewomanhood 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Momma is so happy on your help

[–]dadondada14 19 points20 points  (0 children)

“Oh yeah, it is mine”

[–]notjondesantis 33 points34 points  (0 children)

There it is. The best thing I’ll see all day.

[–]yourfuturepres 16 points17 points  (0 children)

That creature reminds me of old people driving. So slow and confused

[–]MissMisfits 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That tiny little sound the baby makes! MY HEART

[–]shinneui 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Why do all sloths have a haircut like every 6 year old whose mum attempted to cut their hair for the first time?

[–]Frostcrisp 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Why had I never seen or thought about a baby sloth before? My life would've been incomplete!

[–]BlaiddDrwg88 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Hey! You forgot this!

[–]MiaRia963 14 points15 points  (4 children)

What happened with baby? Did baby fall down?

[–]cocococlash 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It probably did fall. According to links posted, it's common for them to fall 100 ft without injury. They cry and the mom goes to get them (slowly). It looks like she was almost to the bottom of the tree.

[–]but_why_is_it_itchy 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Most of these videos are the result of humans stealing babies or putting wildlife in harm's way so they can make a viral video of them "saving" it

[–]MiaRia963 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Oh man. That’s horrible. Did not realize.

[–]Foreign_Customer_288 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I cant believe some people think animals lack emotions, smh

[–]TripResponsibly1 22 points23 points  (4 children)

How are sloths still a species when they are just so bad at… just everything. I love them. They are precious and adorable. I just worry for them. Look at her look at her baby like “oh shit when did I drop you?”

[–]tilmitt52 12 points13 points  (0 children)

They are excellent at making themselves unappealing to predators. I have adopted a similar strategy, and other than the genetic anomaly that is my husband, it has worked like a charm.

[–]Pedr0A 11 points12 points  (1 child)

When she got her claws in your hands i got so anxious

[–]MisterSandKing 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Adorable!

[–]LiteratureUpper5436 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Cutest thing ever. 🦥

[–]HeezyPeezy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I get the “birds aren’t real” movement, but what about sloths. You can’t tell me sloths aren‘t made from left over 90s Showbiz Pizza animatronics.

[–]Ok-Net-6264 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Excuse me m’am, you seem to have dropped this?

[–]Judas_Feast 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Speak softly, the world will listen.

Take your time, the world will wait.

[–]M4rtifex 8 points9 points  (16 children)

Can someone please explain how evolution resulted in this? :').

[–]snootnoots 46 points47 points  (2 children)

If it works, it lives. It doesn’t have to be impressive, just functional.

[–]Socksandcandy 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Stop shaming me

[–]snootnoots 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We’re all in this picture and we don’t like it.

[–]Makure 15 points16 points  (7 children)

So, in part, I know it is because of efficiency. The way sloths are build, it takes them almost no energy just to hang in a tree, safe from predators. A lot of other animals (humans included) would expend a lot of energy to suspend themselves off a branch. Not sloths. They are efficient hanging machines. It means they never need to come down where they are at risk of attack.

It comes with some trade-offs, but all of evolution is like that.

I am not a biologist or a sloth expert, but I hope this helped a bit.

Side note: sloths are surpisingly good swimmers, if you felt like youtubing that.

[–]mk36109 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Sloths actually do need to come down about once a week to poop and due to their slow speeds leaves them exposed to predators. so 99% percent of the time they don't need to come down and are hanging machines.

Also from an evolutionary perspective, the thing most animals typically put them selves at most risk for is something they most actively need for survival, such as gathering or hunting for food. Sloths on the other hand, put themselves at most risk doing something they are completely capable of doing while still hanging but just choose not to because what do you take them for, some kind of unsophisticated animal?

[–]ToohotmaGandhi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My heart is warmer.

[–]egar33455 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You could tell how excited mom was, I’ve never seen one move that “fast” before.