Sleeping Sloth

Three-toed Sloth, Costa Rica

Three-toed Sloth, Costa Rica

This excerpt from Theodore Roethke’s poem “The Sloth” sums up this loveable mammal perfectly:


In moving slow he has no Peer.

You ask him something in his Ear,

he thinks about it for a Year;


 A most Ex-as-per-at-ing Lug.

But should you call his manner Smug,

He’ll sigh and give his Branch a Hug;

Then off again to Sleep he goes,

Still swaying gently by his Toes.



Photo credit:  Athena Alexander


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