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The Slothiest Day of the Year

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Lucy Cooke has dedicated her life to celebrating the strange, funny looking, gross, creepy, or otherwise unseemly animals that most people forget, ignore, or outright avoid.

Her undying efforts on slothville.com though have made a certain amount of progress helping to turn the slow-moving, death-claw-bearing, moss-covered sloth into an internet darling (just ask Kristen Bell).

Today, you can join Lucy in her passion and celebrate International Sloth Day. Declared by AIUNA, a conservation organization aimed at protecting sloths and their relatives, it’s a day full of… well, pretty much whatever you decide to fill it with.

For starters, you can watch the video above, which Lucy filmed at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Then, whether you slothfully skip bathing, lay around all day, or get un-slothfully active and throw a party or maybe tweet us a sloth haiku, do it boldly, and spread the word.

In full disclosure, I myself find sloths to be the creepiest living things on Earth.

But that won’t stop me celebrating. Happy International Sloth Day one and all!

[Video updated 10/25/12.]



  1. Debra Leudesdorff
    October 30, 2016, 8:50 pm

    A must understood mammal. So ugly, so cute!!!! Can they be domesticated?

  2. John
    October 19, 2016, 12:16 pm

    All sloths r cute

  3. Olive
    February 14, 2013, 4:15 am

    Sloths are truly amazing animals. Sure, they might seem lazy but they are wise. They say the wise move slowly to take in their surroundings. They are adorable in every way. I love their green tinted fur and their little faces especially. I feel inspired by the Sloth sanctuary and would love to go there when I am older and do volunteer work. I take a lot of interest in sloths. I have a sloth puppet! He is the best.

  4. Andrew Howley
    October 25, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Jodie, it’s the claws. The blank stare. The slow crawl.

    But I’m starting to come around…

  5. jodie
    October 20, 2012, 9:06 pm

    how could they be gross/creepy? they’re so beautiful and cute! amazing creatures im envious of these workers 😀

  6. Gaby
    United States
    October 20, 2012, 1:30 pm

    You have made my day! I love sloths and the Sloth Sanctuary.

  7. Ima Ryma
    October 20, 2012, 4:24 am

    I am called sloth cuz I am slow,
    Compared to humans’ hurried pace.
    But what’s the hurry – doncha know!
    Life’s too short to be in a race.
    A Cecropia in Brazil
    Is the one tree that I call home.
    Food, sleep and sex – I get my fill.
    A one stop soul – no need to roam.
    I am three toed and throated brown,
    And like to hang out in my tree,
    See my world from the upside down,
    Go to ground when I have to pee.

    Why go to ground the question tiz?
    I make less noise doing my biz.