Just Hangin Out
Hooray for Two-toed Sloths! This was taken along a trail around our hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica. This day I was on a mission, mission: sloth. Armed with only a trail map containing a few areas circled where sloths have been spotted I set out into the forest. The trails were more convoluted than I expected and to be honest I was a bit lost. I got to an area I thought was right so I figured I should start thoroughly scanning the trees. I looked up and right away, directly above me, I saw this lethargic Megalonychidae. At first he was sleeping in a ball. I ran back to wake my girlfriend up from a nap due to the fact that she would have killed me if I didn’t. When we got back he decided to start moving around for a “midnight” snack (they’re nocturnal).
There are two types of sloths in the world, the two-toed and the three-toed. And they aren’t even closely related! They are in completely separate families. This post is getting pretty long so I’ll just add some quick sloth fun facts:
– Sloths spend nearly their entire lives in the canopy.
– They only come down from the canopy once every 2 weeks or so to poop. (No one really knows why…)
– They are very slow moving, mostly due to their diet.
– Many have a green tint to their fur. This comes from algae that grows on them.
Fun fun. Sloths are pretty great. Useless, but great.
Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3
1/160 sec @ f/5.6