Meet the Sloths: A Slow-Moving Soap Opera
There’s romance, rivalry and royalty. And that’s only the beginning.
The 20-year-old sanctuary is home to more than 150 orphaned and injured sloths who are cared for by nursery manager Claire Trimer, sloth scientist Becky Cliffe and sanctuary co-founder Judy Avey-Arroyo.
“Together, they’re unraveling the secrets of one of the world’s most enigmatic creatures,” says a promo for the show.
The first installment of the series focused on Buttercup, the matriarch of the rescue. The three-fingered sloth was a baby when she was orphaned and taken in by Avey-Arroyo and her husband. They learned all they could about caring for the slow and sedentary animal, and quickly earned a reputation as the people to go to when a sloth needed help. They became an authorized rescue center in 1997.
Referred to as the queen, Buttercup’s favorite perch is a hanging wicker basket-chair, which was part of the plot line in the first episode, as her keepers attempted to replace it with a new one.
Meet the Sloths airs Saturday mornings on Animal Planet.
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