In the bustling streets of a Colombian village, colorful exotic birds, monkeys and sloths, all animals that were once wild, are being sold as pets, and business is booming.
The wildlife trade is now the third-most-lucrative criminal enterprise in Colombia after drugs and weapons. An estimated 60,000 animals were trafficked last year alone, including a growing number of sloths.
What’s more, traffickers are fueling a growing economy that is thriving outside of Colombia. The global market for wild animals, and that includes the United States, is estimated to bring in $20 billion per year.
A Mother Sloth With Her Baby.
In what is now considered the biggest exotic pet seizure in American history, 27,000 animals, including several sloths, were rescued from a pet distributor in Arlington, Texas, in 2009.
The sloths were kept in filthy cages that lacked the necessary equipment for the animals to survive in captivity, including heat lamps and humidifiers. The bodies of several sloths were later found in the facility’s freezer.
Why must Sloths be taken from their homes and be sold to humans as pets? Sloths need to be in their natural enviroment living in nature and not cages or in a zoo.
This is my home i belong here please dont take me from my natural enviroment
Sloths are known as the slowest animal on earth even a tortoise can move faster than a sloth, sloths are also naturally skilled swimmers.
The sloth has six different species, but people generally only know the two-toed and the three-toed. They move so slow algae grows on them and a variety of bugs live on their fur.
Their only form of defense is their claws, but their slow movements and algae camouflages them from their predators, which includes jaguars, snakes, and eagles. In North America, there used to be a kind of sloth that lived on the ground – scientists have used fossils to determine that it was about as large as an elephant and retained sloth-like eating habits. Sloths also have the slowest metabolism and can go days without eating or drinking anything.
A Fossilized figure of a Megatherium Sloth Inside A Museum
Sloths are folivores, which are a type of herbivore that specializes in tree leaves. Sloths actually only sleep under ten hours a day. Sloths sometimes think that their own arm is a tree branch and fall to the ground grasping their arms.
A three-toed sloth can rotate its head nearly 90 degrees or more, and its mouth is shaped in a way that makes the animal appear as if it’s always smiling.
Sloths have a four-part stomach that slowly digests the tough leaves they eat. It can sometimes take up to a month for a sloth to digest a meal.
Known for being a sedentary tree-dwelling mammals the sloth rarely moves at all spending much of its day hanging upside-down from tree limbs. The animal is so lethargic that its fur is often host to small moths, beetles and even algae. The algae coats the sloth’s brown, white or black fur with a greenish tinge camouflaging it against predators in the forest.
Lets stop animal trafficking.