Nice and Slow

 

Sometimes fast is what you need, but there are also days when it’s fine to take your time! It’s the same in the Animal KingdomEvery animal (from butterflies to basset hounds to black bears to you) belongs to this scientific grouping.: different paces for different speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent.! So for every speedy cheetah that can run 70 miles per hour, there’s a slowpoke porcupine! (They can reach 2 miles per hour.)

 

Galápagos tortoises amble along at a slow-but-steady pace, less than half the speed of a human, maybe half a mile per hour. If they need to go places, they better get an early start!

 

One type of loris even has slow in its name! But while the slow loris may not climb fast, it can grab preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. pretty quickly.

 

Another animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. not known for being speedy is the koala. Actually, this marsupialA type of mammal that develops in a pouch. can move when it needs to. Its reputation for being slow probably has more to do with the fact that koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day!

 

This month’s video is about a super—and slow—animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs., the two-toed sloth. Watch it and you’ll see that moving at your own pace is just fine!