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January 25, 2007

Sloth won't budge for scientists


Baby Sloth, originally uploaded by essexjan.

German scientists finally accepted defeat in their 3-year bid to entice a sloth to climb a pole.

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They should have hired a sloth whisperer

Christ, would you look at the claws on that baby sloth? No wonder they can climb a pole. When they want to, of course.

Aww!! Who da thunk that baby sloths were so cute.

After reading this story I guess it's time for me to give up my 5-year bid to entice my ex-wife to get a goddamn JOB!

Aww!! Who da thunk that baby sloths were so cute.

If I've learned anything from this blog, it's that baby anything is cute.

Cute is a baby's main survival tool. Anything that poops, pees and vomits anywhere it wants to had better have a very powerful survival tool in its arsenal.

The reaction when I passed this on to my better half: "Who's funding this study? And why didn't they throw more grad students at the project?"

My reaction to this story: Way to represent your deadly sin!

That sloth looks like it mastered the art of falling to sleep in someone's hand.

Teh cute!

(LOL to Hawise)

Cute is a baby's main survival tool.

Adult sloths can also be http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathantrumbull/33966810>very cute.

Haven't the Germans done enough to the beleaguered Poles? Now they are training vicious attack-sloths to climb them! There outta be a UN resolution about ...

Oh.

Nevermind.

It is adorable!

>Cute is a baby's main survival tool. Anything that poops, pees and vomits anywhere it wants to had better have a very powerful survival tool in its arsenal.

Well I found Jim Morrison and Keith Moon very cute, the Stones and the Sex Pistols, not so much.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Really, to give in at the first sign of setback is the very definition of sloth.

Somehow I just knew that Darren Naish on his most excellent blog would come through with a post on sloths.

The sloth clan, sadly now down to just a few arboreal members, was until only very recently one of the spectacular faunal features any visitor to the late Pleistocene - early Holocene American scene could hardly escape noticing. Check out Carl Buell’s (OGeorge) blog for a cool illustration of a bygone sloth.

Conservation alert: A recently discovered species, the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) is hovering at the brink of extinction on its tiny island home off the coast of Panama. The animal is interesting, living as it does, unusually for sloths, in mangroves and being an example of the odd phenomenon of insular dwarfism.

I love sloths and that is so cute!

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