GD Animal of the Week: Squeaky Baby Sloths

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GD love to all baby animals. 

Wondering why baby sloths squeak? Read on…

That noise is the perhaps the cutest on the planet. It goes straight for your ovaries and makes you want to protect the baby sloths. It actually quite possibly was designed to make you pay attention and want to nurture these baby animals. That peep sound is basically baby sloth for, “Help! I’m lost, where are you?”

In the wild baby sloths spend the first three to six months of their lives clinging to their mothers. If they are separated from their mothers, they make this noise so that mom can find them again. The babies in the video are orphans that I filmed at the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary.

Each baby is partnered with a stuffed toy or another baby sloth so that they have a snuggle partner to hug for comfort. The babies in the video, are making this noise because they have wandered away from their snuggle partner and need to find them.


~ National Geographic Emerging Explorer Lucy Cooke, creator of Slothville

Warning: Brace yourself before watching this video—it’s that cute.

Can’t get enough?

Here’s some more baby sloths from “The Steven Spielberg of Sloth Videos” Lucy Cooke…

P.S. This looks like a great children’s book about sloths…

If you’ve gotten this far, you no doubt have a space in your heart for all animals.

So you’ll probably be interested in this Green Divas Radio Show episode featuring science communicator Greg Laden. He talks about how climate change impacts wildlife.

About the author / 

Green Diva Lynn

Lynn Hasselberger is The Green Divas Managing Editor and Associate Producer of the GD Radio Show. She lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, and NYR, and has a voracious appetite for comedy. In her spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr & @myEARTH360) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking.

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