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Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth

Also known as dwarf sloths, pygmy three-toed sloths are the world's smallest sloth species. They’re found only in one place, the small island of Escudo de Veraguas, 10 miles off the northern coast of Panama. These seemingly smiling creatures slowly move through the rainforest canopy eating the leaves of red mangrove trees. They rarely go to the forest floor except to relieve themselves. Fungi, algae, and moths grow in the fur of these sluggish tree dwellers, creating a mutually beneficial relationship where these organisms thrive while providing camouflage so the sloths can avoid predation.

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