Photographer's Note

"Aï" is another word to designate a three-toed sloth. It's called "Paresseux" (lazy) in French, because its metabolism only allows it to move extremely slowly. It's called "Aï", because this is the female's cry during the mating season.

This one is a Three-toed sloth, i.e. it has 3 long claws at the end of its arms and legs. Not easy to differentiate from the Two-toed sloth ("Unau" in French. Both "unau" and "aï" are well-known words to the crossword specialists.) The Two-toed sloth has 2 claws at the end of its arms, but 3 at the end of its legs.

These animals live in central and south America, at the top of trees most of the time, and feed on leaves.
Their young are very small and defenceless at birth, so they cling to their mother's belly for about 5 months. (see WS3)

WS3 : Baby sloth.
WS2 : Slow agility.
WS1 : Story of a rescue.

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