Dad vs Sloth!

On spotting our first sloth in the Panamanian rain forest this week, we both thought it looked as comfy curled up contentedly sleeping in his tree as Mr E Senior does in his armchair watching footy!

So on this magical Midsummer Fathers Day let’s take a look at Daddy Eddie & Dad Allen vs Sloths ..just for fun!

Sloth: a slow-moving tropical American mammal that hangs out in branches of trees using its long limbs and hooked claws. 

Sleepy Sloth
Sleepy Sloth

Sloth facts:

1. They sleep up to 20 hours a day curled up in a ball hardly moving at all.

2. They eat leaves, twigs and buds.

3. Green algae grows on their fur as they are so sluggish, this helps them avoid predators as they are almost camouflaged into the green leaves.

4. They look like monkeys but are actually related to armadillos and anteaters.

5. They can be 2 to 2.5 feet long and weigh from 8 to 17 pounds.

6. Three-toed sloths sit upright in the fork of a tree branch.

7. Three-toed sloths have facial coloring that makes them look like they’re always smiling.

8. They rarely come down from the trees, once a week they will descend to do their bathroom duties.

9 These long armed mammals are excellent swimmers.

10. Sloths can live for up to 30 years.

Father: a male parent, who act in a protective, loving, supportive and responsible way towards their children.

Dad facts:

1. They can sleep up to 12 hours a day favouring afternoon and early evening naps.

2. They eat pies, meat & potatoes and love to eat cake.

3. Both Dad’s have selective hearing and will zone out when Mum wants them to do something.

4. They look like monkeys, see photographic evidence below…

Cheeky monkey faces!
Cheeky monkey faces!

5. They weigh more than they should due to eating too much cake and jam tarts.

6. Dad’s sit upright in their armchairs in front of the television preferably watching football not Downton Abbey.

7. Daddy Eddie has a full head of grey hair while Daddy Allen has more hair growing out of his nose and ears then on his head. Dads have cheeky smiles.

8. They rarely leave their armchairs after 5pm except at dinner time to sit at the table to eat pies.

9. Dad’s should not be introduced to swimming pools for fear of snuffly noses and self-induced drowning.

10. Eddie and Allen are approaching their 80th years and have done a wonderful job of being our Dad’s.

We love you Daddy’s, Happy Fathers Day!! 

Photo credit of Betty & Allen – Andrew Williams


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