TAMPA, Fla. — Are you moving a little slow this morning? Maybe you are walking more like a sloth than a spring chicken. Well no worries you are in good company. Today is International Sloth Day. Yes, even sloths get a day.
There are a lot of things you might have not known about the cute little creatures.
For example they’ve actually slept through most of the year. According to National Geographic sloths sleep 15 to 20 hours a day. That means while the rest of us have been dealing with 2020 they just let it pass them by.
They’re also more like humans than you might think. They tend to have mommy issues. Britannica says baby sloths cling to their mothers for up to six months after birth. Even after that time young sloths stay close to their moms until they are about four years old.
And while it’s true they aren’t the fastest animal, they are great swimmers. According to the World Animal Protection they are able to easily glide through the water and hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.
Our favorite sloth is Harry from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Later today Busch Gardens will stream a Facebook Live with Harry's care team. You can check that out from your home or go see him at his exhibit in the park.
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