Podcast: Why Are Sloths So Cute?

by Ryan Schleeter

December 4, 2015

Check out episode six of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.

Cute Sloth

Sloths are cute, according to everyone (and now science). Photo by Brian Gratwicke / Flickr. Creative Commons.

Sloths don’t really “do” a lot, and yet they’ve managed to win our hearts time and again. Admitted sloth enthusiast Brooke Ziebell wants to know what’s behind the emotions these cute critters manage to conjure. Yale’s Oriana Aragon, a research psychologist and expert on human emotions, has our answer. That’s right — even science thinks sloths are cute.

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Sleepy Sloth

Photo by Adam C. Smith / Flickr. Creative Commons.

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Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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