In late June 2014, citizens of the world came together to celebrate sloth. Not the most passive of the seven deadly sins, nay, the hideously adorable animal that has seen a recent upsurge of popularity. Sloths were not always thought to be cute, belive it or not. George Luclerc De Buffon, an eighteenth century French biologist was quoted saying sloths are the lowest form of life in the animal kingdom. Could it be true? Not a chance, not with a face like that!
What exactly is a sloth? Straight from Wikipedia, sloths are "medium-sized mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae (two-toed sloth) and Bradypodidae (three-toed sloth), classified into six species. They are part of the order Pilosaand are therefore related to anteaters, which sport a similar set of specialized claws." They are actually an ancient species, and scientists believe that the prehistoric ancestors of the sloth were huge—as in, the size of elephants! Talk about a literal ton of equivocal cuteness.
Leading the recent Sloth Week celebration and revery is the Sloth Appreciation Society, the animal info site Animalist—a group who actually claims that every week is sloth week (excellent news for sloth lovers!)—and the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.
The Sloth Sanctuary is a facility that advocates the protection and rehabilitation of sloths in recovery, specifically through the study, research and exchange of knowledge that facilitates the development of scientific information for Costa Rica’s two species of sloths, the Bradypus variegatus – “Three-fingered” sloth and Choloepus hoffmanni – “Two-fingered” sloth. The sanctuary shall strive to promote and foster initiatives that heighten people’s awareness of sloths and to provide educational information on the importance of the species and their Costa Rican environment.
At Page-A-Day®, we are proud and psyched to be part of the Sloth Movement. Our 2015 Hangin' with Sloths Calendar was published in coordination with the Sloth Appreciation Society, a division of Slothville, and is the perfect way to keep sloths in your heart and your home in the coming year. As The Washington Post says, "Sloths are the new kittens."