A Sloth Named Velcro

November 5, 2014 Wisconsin Public Television Leave a Comment

I used to have a pair of guinea pigs – Cookies and Cream – as pets. They were my pride and joy. I would put them in tiny, tiny harnesses and walk them around the back yard. I fed them carrots until they were a little pudgy. My favorite thing about them was the weird, squeaking noises they made. No wonder, then, that I fell in love with sloths the minute I saw this video:

I also love sloths because I feel a certain connection with their lethargy. Especially on a gray, cloudy Wednesday in November, I can feel pretty slow and groggy. Honestly, if I could wake up, crawl a few inches and go back to sleep, I probably would. They’re tired; we’re tired. Sloths: they get it.

You can imagine my excitement when I found out that right here on Wisconsin Public Television, we would be airing the new Nature documentary, “A Sloth Named Velcro,” which airs 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 5.  (Sidenote: you could not come up with a better name for a sloth than Velcro. If you have a better one, I want to hear it. Tweet me.)

First, check out this preview: you can begin to follow journalist Ana Salceda as she raises Velcro and researches other pygmy three-toed sloths living in the wild. Then, go home, wrap up in a blanket, cling to your couch, and hang out for the full show.

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