Sloths do not grab their own arm and fall to their deaths. This is just preposterous to say the least. But it has gained a fair bit of attention and notoriety online over the years, but why? Why is it that such a statement is adhered to as being an actual factually correct assertion?
Have you seen the factoid that says that sloths grab their own arm, thinking that it’s a branch, and fall to their death? When I first saw it I thought that it certainly seemed plausible. Partly because of their extremely slow movement. The three toed sloth is the slowest moving mammal in the world, so it did seem possible that such slow movement could result in such an action. But then I decided to look into it, and it made very little sense. In fact, the entire myth was started by one simple statement by the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. See, it’s already starting to unravel.