Fauna: The Overwhelming Cuteness of Baby Sloths

Vice's 'Cute Show' visits a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica to meet the 'junkies of the jungle.'

You might know Vice for their impeccable coverage of sex, drugs, and international hot spots, but their Cute Show is also extremely good at what it does. Their segment on the "junkies of the jungle," below, travels to a sanctuary for sloths in Costa Rica. Claire Trimer, a "baby sloth wrangler," explains that some babies have been orphaned and others simply abandoned. At the sanctuary, about 135 sloths get medical care and lots of love from volunteers. The segment was produced by Lucy Cooke, who is basically the Steven Spielberg of sloth filmmaking -- she also produced Too Cute! Baby Sloths for Animal Planet. Watch the trailer for the film here, and find more animal videos from our Fauna series here

Find more of Lucy Cooke's photographs and videos of the sloths on her Tumblr, Slothville

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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