The Daily Weird #1 (potty training the sloth)
Potty Training the Sloth
We potty train our kids, we potty train our dogs, and sometimes we potty train our cats. Today I learned that orphaned sloths also have to be potty trained. Yes. Sloths. I guess the name kind of says it all. “Hey, I’m a sloth. I’m too lazy to know or care about bathroom etiquette. Teach me… if you can.”
According to an article at Wired Science orphaned sloths have to be taught how to use the bathroom. Sloths typically only come out of the trees once a week to do their business. Orphaned sloths, not having a mommy or daddy sloth to teach them the “poo dance”, need a little encouragement. According to filmmaker Lucy Cook, the baby sloths are given little trees to practice on. The workers pat the sloths on the rump and help them do a little dance. When the sloth becomes unfocused, he’s probably making his poo.
That makes all kinds of sense. I’m just like the sloth, I do a little poo dance, unfocus, and well, poo. The minute I refocus, just like the sloth, I’m done. Unlike the sloth, however, I never, ever, ever, throw my poo. That would just be wrong. Oh, and I don’t have my own poo tree either. I think I’d like one, though.
Wired Science: Potty Training the Sloth
- Wired Science - News for Your Neurons | Wired.com
- Video: Potty Training Orphan Sloths | Wired Science | Wired.com
You know sloths are slow, awkward and very odd looking. But there are plenty of other strange things about them, such as the fact that they only come down from the trees about once a week to go to the bathroom (so to speak).