January 28, 2007

Sloth Wins!

Sloths are such happy little dudes.

In a three year contest of wills between a sloth and a group of humans, the sloth was the indisputable winner, without even trying.

Scientists in Jena, German, have finally given up after three years of failed attempts to entice a sloth into budging – as part of an experiment in animal movement. The sloth, named Mats, was moved to a zoo after consistently refusing to climb up and then back down a pole, as part of an experiment conducted by scientists who could not hide their disappointment.

There’s a lesson in that for all of us.

Via Melbourne commuter paper mX, January 25, 2007


  1. My great great great great grandfather - this feller- was the first person to bring a sloth back to Europe. What a claim to fame. He also brought back the rather less useful substance known as curare.

  2. Anonymous5:16 PM

    Hmm So let me get this sraight now..

    Scientists are disappointed, because a sloth is behaving like .. er.. well, a SLOTH!!!

    And they tried for THREE YEARS to move the poor bastard...


    Why didn't some one tell the fuckwits
    that all sloths do is hang around doing nothing all day.

    I mean they eat sleep and mate hanging upside down.

    Some even die hanging upside down!

    Even more ludicrous is the fact that some fool paid these scientists to fritter away their time on such inanities.

  3. James - you have gone up in my esteem, exponentially! But why no mention of the sloth in his biographical details? He has been sold short! What a colourful character, 'ey? Extraordinary chap. You must be very proud.

    One does have to wonder Kath: how many were in the human team, and what did they all do for the duration?