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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Slow Sloths Have Amazing Traits

Many people know that sloths are slow-moving and sleep quite a bit, but there are some things about them that are surprisingly interesting. They also show how the Master Engineer designed them for energy efficiency and their unique lifestyles. Sloths can move fast if they have a mind to, like escaping a predator and such. Tremendous swimmers, too. Seems like the face has a smile, but it's up to you if it's cute, creepy, or something else.

Sloths are slow-moving and sleep quite a bit, but they also show how the Master Engineer designed them for energy efficiency and their unique lifestyles.

These critters are synonymous with laziness, but lazy folks are not designed for such energy conservation like the sloth. They spend most of their time in the trees, much of it hanging upside down, but they are designed so their internal organs are not distressed. Since they spend so much time being stationary, you could almost write letters on them. (Ambiguity humor there... stationary... letters... skip it.) Smaller creatures make their homes and live their lives on sloths. I reckon this animal is an example of our Creator's diversity on display, and maybe a bit of his sense of humor.
Bits of sunlight stream through the thick rainforest canopy, settling on a ball of fur clinging to a branch. Slowly, ever so slowly, the ball of fur uncurls, blinks once or twice, then slowly, ever so slowly, reaches for a nearby branch, and slowly, ever so slowly, begins munching. Several minutes later, it blinks and, slowly, closes its eyes to take its 17th nap of the day, not even 100 feet from where it woke up that morning.
This creature is of course the three-toed sloth, one of the slowest animals in the world. In fact its metabolic rate is 31% that of two-toed sloths, making it a slowpoke even among other sloth species.
To read the rest (you can take your time, there's no hurry), click on "Sloths: Slow on Purpose".