Love is in the air at the National Museum of Natural History! Our scientists are helping species look for love in this series of “dating profiles” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Will #NMNHcupid help them find their one and only?
Screen name: LazySusan225
Species: Bradypus pygmaeus
Location: One tiny island off the coast of Panama
Height: 21 inches
Body Type: Petite and furry
Diet: Any leaf within a 2 foot radius that doesn’t blow too much in the wind.
My self summary
Low key, super chill gal with a real zest for life
What I'm doing with my life
Sleeping 20 hours a day in red mangroves where I spend practically all of my time. Don’t judge me: These leaves don’t have a lot of energy, so I don’t either!
I'm really good at
Not moving and clinging tightly to a branch with my super long nails and death grip (thanks to my hands being permanently hook-like)
The first thing people usually notice about me
Nothing, they can’t see me because of the green, camouflaging algae on my fur
Lemon risotto with asparagus and scallops, LOL just kidding – it’s leaves
I think a lot about
Exploring the world – there’s a tree 8 feet away that I’m really curious about; I also think about descending from the tree canopy and pooping on the ground about every 9 days.
3 Things I could never do without
1) red mangroves
2) my island – it’s the only place where me and my cohorts exist!
3) My high energy work-out mix that includes “At Last” by Etta James, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, and “Low Rider” by War.
On a typical Friday, you’ll find me
The most private thing I'm willing to share
I can swim!!! And I’ve got extra cervical (neck) vertebrae – I can spot you behind me just by turning my head all the way around, so don’t try to sneak up on me
I'm looking for
A local guy – friends keep trying to set me up with my larger, mainland cousins, Bradypus variegatus, because there are so few of us (we’re critically endangered), but I want a mature, classy guy from my own island (Isla Escudo de Veraguas) with beautiful orange markings on his back who can treat a gal right – but only for a short period of time; I need lots of ME time.
By Esther Langan, Mammals, National Museum of Natural History