I don’t think I’m going to annoy too many people here when I say that sloths are a bit weird.

Having said that, they are brilliant to watch; in fact, I have two all-time great sloth videos to share with you that you’ve probably seen before but definitely deserve a mention.

The first, when David Attenborough said ‘boo’ to one (obviously)…

And the second, when someone dubbed R. Kelly’s (a bit ill-timed) I Believe I Can Fly over a man helping a sloth across the road…

Anyway, retirement homes aren’t just for people, as one for sloths has been set up in Pembrokeshire.

Folly Farm – a zoo in Pembrokeshire – has made the decision to home older sloths which have ‘retired’ from zoos, giving them a comfortable home for them to enjoy their twilight years.

Tim Morphew, Folly Farm’s zoo curator, admitted that it was never a conscious decision to home sloths, rather, it came about with conservation in mind.

He said:

“Conservation is key for us at Folly Farm and our breeding programmes are a huge part of that, but our older animals are just as important to us and we need to make sure they’re looked after in their old age.

“With the older sloths, we might boil their root vegetables to make them softer and easier to eat and, if they’re showing signs of old age, add supplements like cod liver oil into their diet.

“Depending on how they get on, we might also look at adapting the enclosure to make the floor deeper and reduce the height of branches, so they don’t have as far to climb down.”

In case you were wondering, two-toed sloths have a lifespan of about 20 years in the wild but have been known to live up to 50 in captivity. They reach an average weight of 8kg.

And now, Folly Farm is the home to two more, Tuppee and Lightcap, aged 24 and 34 respectively.

Morphew added:

“Like many older men, Tuppee has been known to be a bit grumpy and even misbehaves at times, but we know he’s a softie at heart.

“Sloths aren’t known for being social animals, but as they get older we’ve found they do like company.

“Who knows, soon we may even be in a position to expand the retirement home further.”

Ahh, what a nice story.

I wonder if you can go and pet them – that’d be awesome.

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