Sick baby sloth shaved, slathered with slime

I’m feeling soft-hearted this weekend, so you get to watch a mangy sloth shaved and treated with a homemade remedy.  I have no word about whether it worked:


  1. JessaJ
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    It didn’t work, Sebastian died a few days later. His twin survived.

    • Chris Granger
      Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      A follow-up video said Sebastian was still sickly three months after the treatment, not dead a few days later…

  2. Gabriela Palomo
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    So the treatment is 0.5 effective.

  3. Posted March 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Not really her own idea; Using sulphur mixed in an oil is a traditional remedy for mange. I remember my dad telling me of how he treated his dogs in Indonesia with sulphur and peanut oil.

    • Filipe
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      Also used in at least some parts of Europe. My grandfather used oil and sulfur during a mange outbreak. Burnt oil so the dogs wouldn’t lick it.

  4. Posted March 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jerry,

    This is something I think is very important to share with the scientific community. It’s called “How to Fix Science”:

    Please blog this, in the name of science!

  5. Diane G.
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Oh, sorry to hear Sebastian didn’t make it!

    Few things are cuter than baby sloths!

  6. Posted March 4, 2012 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Oh poo, I saw this during the week, but didn’t realise Sebastian didn’t survive, poor little guy.

  7. heleen
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    According to
    “Meet the sloths”
    Animal Planet UK
    4 March 2012

    There are some more videos there. Especially nice is the one with sloth-baby pajamas “out of old sports socks to keep him snuggly and warm”.
    The sloths do a perfect mimicry of a human baby as son as they have been put into baby clothes.

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