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Why do tree sloths only go to the bathroom when their wet?

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03/23/2015

There several schools of thought on this subject. The sloths venture to the ground to urinate and defecate by digging a hole and then cover it about once a week. Some think it's to hide where they spend their time in the tree(s) and this brief endeavor may provide a chance meeting of a female for breeding purposes. They do, however, defecate during storms to possibly hide the noise they make, thus hiding their whereabouts in the canopy of the trees.