By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Marco Restivo
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens
Shot in May, this adorable footage was filmed by zoologist and broadcaster Lucy Cooke 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.
She said: “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.
And Lucy thinks that overworked humans can learn a lot from the relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by sloths.
She said: “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.”
To find out how to buy Lucy's calendar and information on how to join the Sloth Appreciation Society, please visit: http://www.slothville.com/