Sloths
Zach Kane

Moscow, ID

#1 Oct 1, 2007
I have a question; my brother and I recently got into an argument about sloths. He thinks that sloths are completely defenseless, that they are slow always and will not even fight back/can't hurt you. I disagreed, though I don't really have anything to back it up, I just can't believe that sloths would be completely defenseless.

My question; are sloths dangerous to humans? Can they swing fast enough to strike or hurt a human with their claws or teeth?

Thanks in advance!

Since: Oct 07

Bangor, UK

#2 Oct 2, 2007
Sloths are not inherently defenseless; their primary means of escaping predation being their upside-down arboreal lifestyle. They are also able to strike with their claws, which can cause injuries to attackers (though this acts more as a deterrent, sloths not being extremely accurate).
Jade

Harrow, UK

#3 Oct 13, 2007
This website is a cute short little factfile about sloths;
http://www.geocities.com/lady_brooke_lynn/Slo...
It says that sloths let algae grow on their fur as a form of camoflague which helps them to hide from predators.
Eva Estelle

AOL

#4 Nov 17, 2007
Thonoir wrote:
Sloths are not inherently defenseless; their primary means of escaping predation being their upside-down arboreal lifestyle. They are also able to strike with their claws, which can cause injuries to attackers (though this acts more as a deterrent, sloths not being extremely accurate).
When I did some “behinds the scenes work” for the Knoxville Zoo, I worked with three toed sloths. We had two males, and I was told that if these slow moving, docile, seemingly harmless fellows decided to fight, just to step back and let’em at it. Trying to separate them would be dangerous.
Ben KIllgren

Liverpool, UK

#5 Apr 1, 2008
I would have a sloth easy!
Anita

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2008
The 3 toed sloth may be a slow striker but what it lacks in power it more than makes up for in dirtiness. The 3 toed sloths sedintary lifestyle makes the sloth's claws the perfect breeding ground for a rare type of bacteria that evolution has rendered them immune to. Very few attackers, however, are immune to this bacteria. Once infected with this bacteria, symptoms of the paralyzing disease Pleistocenearitis can be observed within minutes. So any body that believes a sloth is helpless, may this study suggest other wise. Source: International Journal of Mammalian Research.

“Kia Ora! see my webpage”

Since: Dec 07

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 14, 2008
Anita wrote:
The 3 toed sloth may be a slow striker but what it lacks in power it more than makes up for in dirtiness. The 3 toed sloths sedintary lifestyle makes the sloth's claws the perfect breeding ground for a rare type of bacteria that evolution has rendered them immune to. Very few attackers, however, are immune to this bacteria. Once infected with this bacteria, symptoms of the paralyzing disease Pleistocenearitis can be observed within minutes. So any body that believes a sloth is helpless, may this study suggest other wise. Source: International Journal of Mammalian Research.
Wow! Very good find Anita! I never knew that. What an interesting and extreme example symbioses between tiny bacteria and a larger organism. Do you subscribe to the Journal of Mammalian Research? It's a highly expensive but yet invaluable resource.

“Kia Ora! see my webpage”

Since: Dec 07

Knoxville, TN

#8 Sep 14, 2008
Pleistocenearitis, sound like something paleontologist get when they spend to much time studying the Pleistocene era ! I’m sorry I had to, he,he. Couldn’t help myself!
Josh Sloth

Coral Gables, FL

#9 Oct 15, 2008
I went slothbob.com , there where sloths drinking beer there, I wonder if they are violent drunks??
paul

Wyandotte, MI

#10 Nov 15, 2008
sloths are not dangerous to humans actually they like humans they get attached to humans very easy they are a loving animal and i would like to know if anyone knows a place that sells them i knnow of one place but want to do a little more reasearch of the priceing of them
Dave

Essex, MD

#11 Jan 14, 2009
Well, I wouldn't want a sloth to get it's poop on me.
Jose

Essex Fells, NJ

#12 Jul 2, 2009
I once found a sloth in my backyard. He was just laying there. He was on the floor in my yard. He is still there. Should i move it?
Anon

Sunnyvale, CA

#13 Jun 26, 2010
Anita wrote:
The 3 toed sloth may be a slow striker but what it lacks in power it more than makes up for in dirtiness. The 3 toed sloths sedintary lifestyle makes the sloth's claws the perfect breeding ground for a rare type of bacteria that evolution has rendered them immune to. Very few attackers, however, are immune to this bacteria. Once infected with this bacteria, symptoms of the paralyzing disease Pleistocenearitis can be observed within minutes. So any body that believes a sloth is helpless, may this study suggest other wise. Source: International Journal of Mammalian Research.
I did a search on Pleistocenearitis, and the only result that comes up is this topic. Furthermore, looking through the International Journal of Mammalian Research on bacteria that are carried by sloths as a vector resulted in nothing like what you described.

Good job making up a name and having it sound believable, but your entire post is false.
Savannah Miller

Carroll, OH

#14 May 12, 2011
I'm doing a project for science and I need to know how 3 toed sloths are realated to humans.. Any ideas?
SLothOwner

Logan, WV

#15 Jul 24, 2011
No Sloth being Sloths are not closely related to primates. They are most closely related to anteaters, both being classified in the order Pilosa. So Sloths are very emotional creatures and tend to get attached to humans. If they were abundant and not misunderstood they would make better pets than domesticated dogs. My Sloth is a female and she is 6 years old. She is so nice never hurt anyone not even my daughter she plays with my 6 year old daughter like another child.
shellby

Clarksburg, WV

#16 Mar 22, 2012
how are sloth alike to humans? what thing do they do that we also do?
Chip Shreve

Seattle, WA

#17 Jul 10, 2012
I saw a sloth try to cross a road and it was sooo slow and getting closer to the traffic. A man walked up behind it and slowly grabbed the middle of its back fur and while holding it out in front of him took it too the other side. I feel sorry for the sloth and how docile it seems.
BabyBoo

Cumberland, WI

#18 Nov 13, 2012
I found a sloth on the side of the road and I was wondering if I sholud move it but then I wondered if the sloth would hurt me sooooooooolool I was wondering if I should move it or not cuz I heard they were violent animals so thanks for the help. ;)
Paul k

United States

#19 Feb 16, 2013
I am a Three Toed Sloth living in Asheville NC., and I have never hurt a soul. Although I have been issued a few speeding tickets......isn't that ironic! And I'm taking antibiotics for the bacteria. btw, it took me 4 hours to type this!.........sorry I had to do this, great discussion!

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