This Sloth Eats Poop

09/16/2010

Sloths, the slow-moving, arboreal vegetarians from South American are generally well-loved by most people.  After all, the are kind of cute.  Some new research, however, has revealed some shocking new sloth behavior: eating human poop

Two-toed sloths in Peru have been documented climbing into latrine holes and slurping up the contents, poop, urine, toilet paper and all.  Apparently, as disgusting as it sounds to us, the sloths have learned that this is a way to get vital nutrients.

It's a world full of Animal Oddities!

VIDEO: To get the awful image of sloths in a toilet hole out of your head, enjoy these videos of baby sloths showing their more endearing traits:


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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