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These Orphaned Baby Sloths Learning To Climb Will Be The Cutest Thing You See Today

04/12/2015 16:16 | Updated 04 December 2015

Get ready for your heart to melt!

This group of orphaned doe-eyed baby sloths learning to climb are captivatingly cute.

Zoologist and broadcaster Lucy Cooke filmed this adorable footage during a visit to the Toucan Rescue Ranch in Costa Rica.

The wildlife rehabilitation centre uses a rocking chair to help teach the orphaned baby sloths how to climb as the swaying motion is similar to a tree.

Lucy, who has been called the ‘Spielberg' of sloth documentaries, has released a calendar dedicated to the super cute mammals.

The Sussex-born filmmaker spoke about her love for these laidback creatures of habit “I love taking photos of sloths - they have such characterful faces. Most animals all look the same, but sloths, like dogs, are real individuals - no two look the same.

“I was out in Costa Rica taking photos for my sloth calendar and I was particularly charmed by the Toucan Rescue Ranch and this novel method they have for teaching the sloths how to climb because I've not really come across that before.

“As a zoologist I love their eccentric biology but I think you cannot resist an animal that was born to hug and has a natural smile.”

Sloths in captivity can sleep up to 20 hours a day and according to a study by Swansea University, the cuddly creatures almost always hang upside down because their organs are fixed to their ribcage.

Lucy thinks that overworked humans can learn a lot from the relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by sloths “The sloth is an energy-saving totem for the 21st century with much to teach us."

“We'd all like to spend more time resting and snoozing, so the sloth is a strangely aspirational animal, we could all do with slowing down, it would be better for us and the planet."

“I think that's why the sloth calendar is so popular, it's a reminder to be more mindful and mellow, plus those smiles are just so adorable.”

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To find out more about Lucy's calendar and information on how to join the Sloth Appreciation Society see here.

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