One of the oddest mammals on Earth is the easy-going, slow moving sloth. For Lucy Cooke, a National Geographic explorer, zoologist, writer, and filmmaker, sloths have been one of the loves of her life -- so much so that she founded the Sloth Appreciation Society. In 2010 she traveled to a sleepy corner of Costa Rica to Slothville, the world's first sloth orphanage. She made a short video about the sloths there which went viral within a few days. That led to a documentary for Animal Planet entitled "Too Cute! Baby Sloths." Now she has compiled cute pictures and funny stories about the sloths in a book due out this month.
"A Little Book of Sloth" received a glowing review from Publisher's Weekly which said that the book goes far beyond the usual real life animal book. The cover is adorable with the photo of one of the baby sloths cuddling a stuffed rabbit. To pre-order your copy of the book, click here. A percentage of the sales will go to sloth conservation.
The video, documentary, and photos were all shot at the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. The sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned sloths, and relies on donations to complete its mission.
Cooke wants everyone to remember that while these sloths are funny and off-the-charts cute, it is best to remember that they are wild animals and should never be kept as pets. UUpdate: The Little Book of Sloth is not available in stores and on Amazon.)