Are sloths the result of a tortoise, a chimpanzee and a toupee mating? Or, have they something to do with Tee Hee, the hooked villain, and Dr Kananga henchman, from Bond outing: Live and Let Die? Probably not the latter admittedly…
But tonight on Animal Planet at 8pm Meet The Sloths discovers everything you need to know about these slow, thoughtful and, gosh darn it, cute arboreal animals.
Meet The Sloths follows a year in the life of five slow-moving residents of the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, a sanctuary dedicated to saving orphaned or injured sloths.
Filmmaker Lucy Cooke headed to the sanctuary to follow the stories of these loveable and unique creatures. And, apart from filming adorable videos – including one that’s got two million hits on YouTube – she has captured a unique insight into these very secretive animals.
The stories demonstrate the difficulty in caring for sloths, and stories include: baby sloth twins fighting for survival, an injured and sexually frustrated ex-lothario sloth called, naturally, Randy and at the oldest living sloth in captivity that has lived to the ripe old age of 20-years-old.
Over a year in their company Lucy watches as an unlikely soap opera of love, loss and lust develops and learns first hand that although slow on their feet, a sloths life is anything but slothful.
Remember to tune in tonight for Meet The Sloths on Animal Planet at 8pm.
Learn more about the lives of sloths with our Friday Facts.
Find out more about the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary.