Sloth Day

Written by: Emily Vargo

October 20, 2021, is a day where we can sit around and take the day as slow as we want. This day is National Sloth Day.

There are two different types of sloths. There is the two-toed and the three-toed sloth. Besides the two types of sloths, there are also six different species of sloths. The six species of sloths are Pygmy three-toed sloth, Maned sloth, Pale-throated sloth, Brown-throated sloth, Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, and Hoffman’s two-toed sloth.

Out of these six species the Pygmy three-toed sloth is the most endangered. The population of these adorable pygmy sloths has decreased by 80% over the last few years.

Right now there are less than 100 pygmy sloths left on this wonderful planet. Due to the rapid decrease of these sloths experts predict that this species will be extinct by 2022.

Some amazing facts about sloths are they are great swimmers and can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes underwater. Due to an extra vertebra in their spine, sloths can rotate their head 270 degrees in either direction. On average, sloths live between 20 to 30 years.

Sloths love their alone time and don’t spend a lot of time with other sloths, and sloths sleep up to 20 hours every day.

Ways to celebrate this holiday are plentiful. You can donate to The Sloth Conservation Foundation. You can go to your local Zoo and see these adorable animals.

Or you can take the day and channel your inner sloth. Since it’s a Wednesday and there are no classes take the day to sleep in and be lazy. In joy, the day and life just like a sloth would.

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