Sloth: A disinclination to action or labor.
Etymology: Middle English slouthe, from slow. slooow....
As in: The deadly sin of sloth. Spiritual inactivity.
"Out of passions grow opinions; mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions.”
So true, Friedrich Nietzsche, so true.
Overall, sloth isn't considered a positive attribute at all.
So, consider the poor animal crowned with the name sloth. You'd expect it to be the sort of animal that might be on the dole, not pulling it's own weight in the wild kingdom. Only showing up when there's food, like your great uncle or that shiftless cousin.
Cute? You don't expect cute.
I think she's cute. Her name is Mo, short for Slow Mo. (There is a really hearty laugh in this somewhere about my friend mo stoneskin, but I couldn't find it.)
They are ancient animals, dating back millions of years, when there used to be sloths the size of elephants.
They have highly specialized, heavy-duty claws. They live upside down (I often feel like that myself) in the forests of South America. They can actually sleep hanging upside down from a tree branch. As someone who can sleep nearly anywhere, I'm impressed.
Y'all, they can give birth hanging upside down in a tree. I don't know why I'm surprised- it's not like there's a comfortable way to do it. (This sloth is not giving birth. This is not National Geographic, yo.)
Sloths have slowwww metabolisms, so they digest food slowwwwly and move very slowwwwy. So the name isn't a slander against their character after all, it's a "medical condition."
Despite being nocturnal, I got to see Mo climb to the top of her tree. Verrry Slowwwwly.
And do some Sloth Pilates.
You are wondering if I'm in the tree with her aren't you? How else am I getting shots from this angle?