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[Parenting] Unusual toilet habits of sloth sloth affect the environment

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Sloth is a slow-moving mammal that lives in trees in Central and South America. The type of sloth is divided into two toes with two toes (but three fingers) and three toes with three toes.

Biologists were upset because of the unusual toilet habits of this mammal. Sloths live on trees, but when they excrete, they come down through trees. One expert got the answer to this strange phenomenon.

Associate Professor Jonathan Pauli of the University of Wisconsin, USA, watched a documentary by David Attenborough on YouTube and was interested in the strange toilet habit of sloth.

According to the documentary, the hair of the sloth is said to be the habitat of algae (moss). The small ecosystem of the bird is disguised within the fur of the sloth, and there are 120 species of birds per sloth.

Pauli studied the three-toe sloth and found that the moth lived in the fur of the sloth, laying eggs in the excrement of the sloth, and repeating the process of going back into the fur.

In other words, the toilet habit of the sloth increases the reproduction and overall life cycle of the moth. Moths enrich the avian ecosystem that exists in the sloth fur.

When moths die in the fur of a sloth, they become fertilizer for the birds, become tools for the stomach, and feed sloths when the sloths lick each other's hair.

Despite this interesting study, Pauli's theory has not yet been proven, but it has shown a very interesting outlook on how animals interact and contribute to the natural flow of the environment.

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