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Postcard: Why Did The Sloth Cross the Road?

By Aswesawit @aswesawit

three toed sloth climbing a tree

Q: Why did the sloth cross the road?

We started asking “why did the sloth cross the road?” when we were driving in Panama and passed an unfortunate one on the shoulder that didn’t make it. Happily, we later discovered a three-toed sloth that had just made it across a dusty dirt road. We managed to pull over and take a few good photos as he was climbing a nearby tree. It’s unusual to see them at eye level. They’re usually far overhead and hard to see from the backlighting.

There are actually YouTube videos of sloths crossing the road. Google that odd question and you’ll discover memes with answers as well, but I was disappointed when I realized that most of those answers are either completely stupid or blatantly offensive.

Anyway, here are the best acceptable answers we have found so far. 

Q. Why did the sloth cross the road?

A. I don’t know, he hasn’t finished yet.

A. Because he was suicidal.

A. Because he was too slow to realize he shouldn’t.

A. A sloth is never late, nor is he early. He arrives exactly when he means to.

Seriously, is that the best people can do?

We doubt it. Add your own answer in the comments (but please keep it clean)!

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