Ah, Snorman. I loves him. He’s the sloth equivalent of a tween, and is a quirky kid who likes to go on picnics and adventures and bounce around all over the bed. Don’t try to tell him off though, because his sweet-as-pie gaze will make you do anything for this lovable scallywag!
My Snorman comes from here.
Scientists studying sloths have recognized a syndrome of mutualism between sloths, moths and algae, that could explain how the sloth overcomes its “laid-back” lifestyle.
We discovered that sloths consumed algae from their fur, which was highly digestible and lipid-rich. By descending a tree to defecate, sloths transport moths to their oviposition sites in sloth dung, which facilitates moth colonization of sloth fur. Moths are portals for nutrients, increasing nitrogen levels in sloth fur, which fuels algal growth. Sloths consume these algae-gardens, presumably to augment their limited diet. These linked mutualisms between moths, sloths and algae appear to aid the sloth in overcoming a highly constrained lifestyle.
The original journal paper can be downloaded from here, or you can watch this short YouTube clip explaining it in layman’s terms!
I forgot to mention that I went to see the second “Hobbit” movie a couple weeks ago. Loved it! But then I love all the LOTR movies anyway Check out these Lord of the Rings sloths by S.Watercolour.
So apparently sloths love hibiscus flowers. I found one on the walk back from the beach today and gave Doza a special treat!