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Idler Book of the Week: THE UNEXPECTED TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS by Lucy Cooke

Sloth

People say, what’s in a name? Well, quite a lot when it is a synonym for a deadly sin. The poor old sloth was damned from the moment it was branded with one of the world’s most wicked transgressions – a pretty damaging public relations blow by anyone’s standard. But even before the sloth acquired its infamous tag, its inscrutable nature inspired some of the harshest words ever heaped upon an animal. This was an especially low blow for an animal that is not exactly bothering mankind, but is a quiet vegetarian pacifist – the original tree-hugger, no less – simply trying to live a tranquil life in the forests of Central and South America.