The Sloth Poop Dance

Sloths only poop once a week. The event is called 'the poo dance' because they wiggle their butts.

Sloths are crazy popular in popular culture, spawning funny memes that can often be found in ones Facebook news feed. Not only do they look pretty funky and cute, but they're also incredibly slow and sport many interesting characteristics.

The most peculiar and mysterious is the sloths toileting habits. They spend most of their time in the trees, but once a week, they venture down to alleviate themselves. That's right, only once a week they poop.

Not only that, but when they do go poop, they perform what's humorously known as the 'poop dance', where they peculiarly wiggle their butts.

It's not firmly known why they do this strange ritual, but speculation includes that they pick up minerals that they don't get when digesting food, that they're fertilizing trees, or perhaps they simply have an irritation from the various inhabitants in the sloth's fur.

Sloths are very slow creatures, clocking in at 0.24km per hour, and so become host to a nice coat of algae and even moth larvae.

Watch the video in the references to see the poop dance in action.

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