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A world unto themselves sloths approach the ordinary tasks of life in unique ways. They spend their lives in trees, often coming to ground only weekly to defecate, which they do neatly burying the excrement at the base of a tree. They spend most of their time hanging upside down from specialized claws. They engage in unusual anti-predatory behaviors. They move very slowly making it difficult for predators to spot them. Their hair provides a good home for many other species, including moss and small insects, which then creates a natural camouflage. We can learn from the sloth that violence can often be defeated through patient but non-intuitive tactics. By specializing in neither fight nor flight, the sloth has found a truly peaceful way to live in the world. Still, sloths are naturally tenacious. Poachers shoot sloths for their meat, but the sloth's claws often allow them to cling to their tree even after death, depriving the murderer of their reward.


The Sloth Song a song about sloths

You’ve seen me move
You’ve seen me move, or have you
Or have you seen, or have you seen me move

I have found, I have found, another way to get around

Nature camoflages,
Nature camoflages me
I move so slow, the moss does grow on me
It makes me harder to see

I have found, here living on me, a disguise from prying eyes

I see you with shining tooth
trusting in the safety of strength
ready to fight to the end
are you ready to lose?

In an open spot with muscles taut
Trusting in the safety of speed
ready to take flight whenever you need
are you ready to be caught

Cause I’m hard to see
I’m hard to see
As I move so slowly, I move slowly through the trees
You’ve seen me move

I have found, here in the trees, a different kind of safety.


from Of Every Creature, released October 4, 2013


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anabaptist bestiary project Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness. ... more

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