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giraffeinatree:

Almost got itttttt…! by Paul Bratescu

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mindblowingscience:

Sloth guts are designed for hanging upside down, study finds

The South and Central American forest dweller, also known as the brown-throated sloth, spends a large part of its life hanging from its hind legs to reach young, tender leaves growing on the tips of branches, as well as to groom.
With its slow metabolism, it may take the sloth a month to digest a single leaf, and it can store a third of its bodyweight in urine and faeces—which it deposits about once a week.
"This means that the stomach and bowel contents make up a considerable proportion of their body mass," said Rebecca Cliffe of the Swansea Laboratory for Animal Movement in Wales, who co-authored the study in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
"With their limited energy supply, it would be energetically very expensive, if not impossible, for a sloth to breathe whilst hanging upside down," she told AFP.
Cliffe and a research team say they believe they solved the riddle: numerous unique adhesions in the abdomen anchor organs such as the liver, stomach and kidneys, thus preventing them from pressing on the diaphragm when the sloth is inverted.
"These seemingly innocuous adhesions are likely to be important in the animal’s energy budget and survival," said the study.
They could reduce a sloth’s energy expenditure by 13 percent, added Cliffe.
More information: Mitigating the squash effect; sloths breathe easily upside down, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0172


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mindblowingscience:

Sloth guts are designed for hanging upside down, study finds

The South and Central American forest dweller, also known as the brown-throated , spends a large part of its life hanging from its  to reach young, tender leaves growing on the tips of branches, as well as to groom.

With its slow metabolism, it may take the sloth a month to digest a single leaf, and it can store a third of its bodyweight in urine and faeces—which it deposits about once a week.

"This means that the stomach and bowel contents make up a considerable proportion of their body mass," said Rebecca Cliffe of the Swansea Laboratory for Animal Movement in Wales, who co-authored the study in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

"With their limited energy supply, it would be energetically very expensive, if not impossible, for a sloth to breathe whilst hanging upside down," she told AFP.

Cliffe and a research team say they believe they solved the riddle: numerous unique adhesions in the abdomen anchor organs such as the liver, stomach and kidneys, thus preventing them from pressing on the diaphragm when the sloth is inverted.

"These seemingly innocuous adhesions are likely to be important in the animal’s energy budget and survival," said the study.

They could reduce a sloth’s  by 13 percent, added Cliffe.

More information: Mitigating the squash effect; sloths breathe easily upside down, Biology Lettersrsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0172

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flo-robot:

SLOTHS FOR ALLIE <3

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Sloths are just coconuts with a soul.

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an-abundance-of-silly-siljes:

HI SO I TOOK THIS AT SEAWORLD IN SAN DIEGO AND I HAVE HONESTLY NEVER BEEN PROUDER OF A PHOTO SO PLEASE APPRECIATE THIS SLOTH. THANKS❤

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an-abundance-of-silly-siljes:

HI SO I TOOK THIS AT SEAWORLD IN SAN DIEGO AND I HAVE HONESTLY NEVER BEEN PROUDER OF A PHOTO SO PLEASE APPRECIATE THIS SLOTH. THANKS❤

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slothville:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLOTHVILLE!
Here at Slothville, headquarters of the Sloth Appreciation Society, we are celebrating our birthday with a slumber party.
In just 3 years Slothville has collected over 40,000 sloth fans around the world on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. If you love sloths then make sure to join this slow movement and sign up to the Sloth Appreciation Society, you get a free SAS certificate and Slothville news. 
Join here: http://www.slothville.com/join-sloth-appreciation-society/#.U1j_gNy0bwI

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slothville:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLOTHVILLE!

Here at Slothville, headquarters of the Sloth Appreciation Society, we are celebrating our birthday with a slumber party.

In just 3 years Slothville has collected over 40,000 sloth fans around the world on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. If you love sloths then make sure to join this slow movement and sign up to the Sloth Appreciation Society, you get a free SAS certificate and Slothville news. 

Join here: http://www.slothville.com/join-sloth-appreciation-society/#.U1j_gNy0bwI

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