Have you ever been so relaxed watching someone else relax?
A sloth named Chewie — after Chewbacca from “Star Wars” — can’t help himself when someone scratches underneath his chin. His expression appears to turn into a serene grin as he closes his eyes and melts into the seat.
However, while Chewie is adorable, it is important to remember that sloths are exotic animals and therefore not recommended as pets. Sloths, like Chewie who resides in Venezuela, are native to Central and South America. However, owning sloths is legal in some U.S. states like North Carolina, New York and Kansas.
Besides being expensive and high maintenance, they’re not all as cuddly as Chewie either. The slow-moving, docile creatures don’t typically like being petted, groomed or bathed according to The Spruce Pets. Their natural response to stress and danger isn’t panic, but rather remaining calm and still, so their moods can be hard to detect. That makes their large claws and sharp teeth all the more dangerous because you may not know when a sloth feels threatened before it attacks.
While this owner and Chewie may have a special bond, it’s important to remember most sloths are happier in their natural habitats.
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