About the Documentary
Why Sloths
About the Producer
Video Clips
Photo Gallery
Sloth Rescue Center
Sloth Store
Jeri Ledbetter
2830 W. Forest Hills Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Newcomer Category
Jackson Hole Wildlife
Film Festival 2005

Best Human
Interest Film
Flagstaff Mountain
Film Festival 2005

Official Selection
Mountain Film
Telluride 2005

The Sloth: Hardly a Deadly Sin.
Orphaned [Low Speed] [High Speed]
In 1991 three neighbor girls brought Judy Arroyo a wee surprise--an orphaned three-toed sloth. Judy rescued and raised the infant, and named her Buttercup.

Buttercup [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Today Buttercup still thrives at Aviarios, reclining in her basket and beaming regally at her caregivers and guests. She basks in the adoration of all--in between naps, that is.

Species [Low Speed] [High Speed]
There are two types of sloth: the "two-fingered" choloepus, and the "three-fingered" bradypus. Both species have three toes on their hind legs.

Choloepus [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Two species of choloepus, the two-toed sloth, struggle to survive in the dwindling rainforest canopies of Central and South America.

Bradypus [Low Speed] [High Speed]
There are four species of bradypus, the three-toed sloths. One, the maned sloth, is severely endangered.

Pygmy Sloth [Low Speed] [High Speed]
A recently-discovered species of bradypus, the pygmaus, was discovered on a tiny island off the coast of Panama.

Mating Call [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Sloths make very little noise. But the female bradypus variegates signals her readiness to mate with a high-pitched whistle that will bring the males "running."

Swimming [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Sloths move so slowly and have so little body fat that it's hard to believe they can swim. But watch this...

Baby with Mom [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Clinging to their mother's bellies, baby sloths are completely dependent upon their mothers for the first several months of their lives.

Adoption [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Sid Wiggy, a week-old three-toed sloth, was brought to the rescue center in November 2003 when her mother was killed by a felled tree.

Sid Wiggy [Low Speed] [High Speed]
Since being brought to Aviarios Sloth Rescue Center, Sid Wiggy has thrived, aside from a skin problem that risked her life as well as her dignity.

"Hanging with
the Sloth"

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"A Sloth Ballet
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