“You can’t save an animal you know nothing about.”

— Diorene Smith

While we all may have to be isolating a bit longer until the vaccine becomes available to everyone, we can at least read about this fascinating and adorable case of “The Island Rule”.  Bradypus pygmaeus, otherwise known as the Pygmy Sloth, has been on a remote Caribbean island for over 9,000 years. Lucy Cooke and a team of hardy researchers ventured to the island to get DNA samples to better understand the sloth and sloth survival risks in a rapidly developing world.

This happy little sloth is half the size of the mainland variants.

Photo credit: Lucy Cooke