Usually we think of sloths as being the cute and adorable little creatures who can make us laugh or smile instantly. While this is true, sloths do have a more serious side. Have you ever noticed that for every wide-eyed “I’m the most precious thing you’ve ever seen” sloth, there is another “what are you looking at, peasant” sloth. Well, after spending way more time than any person should staring at sloths, we have.
Maybe their slow pace allows them to think more carefully about things. After all, they’ve got to be mulling over something pretty profound while they take three days to climb a tree. So, perhaps, some of the largest conundrums that us fast-paced humans can’t seem to grasp would have much more thoughtful conclusions if contemplated by a sloth … ? To test this hypothesis, we collected a series of stats related to habitat destruction and had our wise sloth-friends weigh in on the issues. It might have taken a few hours for them to respond to these stats, but on whole they all seemed rather non-plus-ed by what they heard…
According to the WWF, The net loss in global forest area during the 1990s was about 94 million hectares.
Of those 94 million hectares, 70 percent of deforested lands were converted for agriculture.
Not to mention … One-half of the world’s original forests have disappeared, and they are being removed at a rate 10 times higher than any possible level of regrowth!