Hoffmann's two-toed sloth mother and young, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
© Suzi Eszterhas/Minden Picture
Hangin' around. International Sloth Day
It’s International Sloth Day so let’s all just embrace slothfulness for now and take it easy. If you want to go the extra mile, head outside and hang upside down in the nearest tree. You won't be able to dangle there as long as a sloth though, because they spend most of their lives doing it. Their arms, legs, hands and feet evolved for literally 'hanging around' like the pair of Hoffmann's two-toed sloths in today's photo.
Two-toed sloths might be better named as two-fingered: They have three toes on their hind legs. The mother and child in today's photo are chilling together in a coastal town of Costa Rica. They won't be together forever, though, as part of the sloth's 'best life' is living alone. Adult sloths rarely interact with one another, although sometimes females will get together and, presumably, hang out.