October 20, 2020
One of the craziest damn terrestrial animals on our planet.
If there is a Creator, sloths have to be a testimony to an Ultimate sense of humor.
They are a true exception to any stretch of a Darwinian concept of survival of the fittest.
Not only do they seem incapable of outrunning any potential predator, they seem damn near incapable of catching much prey… and they are vegetarian!
Somehow, sloths manage to maintain a look that successfully sits atop the razor line between an irresistibly endearing smile and an absolutely indifferent look of complete stupidity.
We’d seen them at a distance on Bastimentos, but never face to face like here in the mangroves right next to Isla Joya.
You just can’t possibly do anything other than smile back.
And… a sloth with a baby? Get the fuck outta here…
Kris, who to be fair, does hold the title of longest data collector in the ongoing anthropological-sociological-psychological study of Steve, insists that sloths may be the first mammal she has encountered that is actually SLOWER than Steve.