Inside A Baby Sloth Rescue Center

You can thank us later. From National Geographic: “When orphaned baby sloths are hungry or adults lose their habitat, Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa are on the case. They run an animal rescue center in Gamboa, Panama, and specialize in sloth rehabilitation and relocation. For the two of them, releasing healthy sloths back into the wild can be a bittersweet experience.”

The 8 Ugliest Animals You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On

Pangolin Desert

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Ugliest Animals: Pangolin

Pangolin Walking

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The pangolin is named after the Malay word, pengguling, which literally translates as “something that rolls up” – an apt title for this prickly creature. The pangolin’s aesthetically challenged “shell” is actually an amalgam of large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales, which are made of keratin. The scales might not look so appealing, but they allow the pangolin to curl up into a ball when threatened, acting as armor.

Ugliest Animals Pangolin

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May’s Top 5 Most Adorable Animal Videos

Adorable Animal Video Baby Owl

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YouTube would be nothing without its endless supply of adorable animal videos. With an array of sleepy puppies, fuzzy cats and unlikely friendships, there are enough videos to keep any animal enthusiast occupied for hours. To save you the trouble, we’ve rounded up May’s most adorable animal videos.

Mother Elephant Keeps Baby From Floating Away

Adorable Animal Video Baby Elephant

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While most adult elephants are superb swimmers, this elephant calf was almost swept away when crossing Kenya’s Ewaso Nyiro. Being the community-driven animals that they are, members of the herd quickly stepped in to rescue the calf from floating downstream. Despite weighing more than the average human being, treacherous waters can be a dangerous obstacle for young elephants. Check out the incredibly adorable animal video below:

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25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’ve Never Heard

Rainforests are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Despite our knowledge of the relationship between deforestation and global warming, logging, agriculture, and urban sprawl claim trees and brush from landmasses as large as Panama every year. Learn more about the amazing properties of this ancient ecosystem (and the dangers in store if totally destroyed) by reading these 25 rainforest facts.

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25 Rainforest Facts Dung Coffee

The world's most expensive coffee is made from coffee beans picked from elephant dung. Coffee beans are fed to the elephants in the rainforests of Thailand, then collected and cleaned after the 15-30 hours it takes for them to pass through the elephant’s system. The Black Ivory Coffee costs about $500 per pound, which equals around $50 per cup. - Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

25 Rainforest Facts Amazon Basin

20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply is located in the Amazon Basin. - Mario Tama/Getty Images

Brazil Waterfall

Rainforests have been around for tens of millions of years, making them our planet’s oldest living ecosystem. - Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Monkey Stretch

It is estimated that more than 30 million plant and animal species live within the rainforests. - Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/Getty Images

Colorful Frog

There are 225 species of amphibians found in Amazonia alone. - Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Clear Pool

70 percent of all plant species deemed “useful” in cancer treatment are only found in rainforests. - Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

High Living

The forest floors are almost completely dark, with only about one percent of available sunlight making it through the tree canopy. - Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Dam Project

Rainforests have been called the lungs of the earth, but this is inaccurate. In reality, rainforests produce around 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, while ocean microorganisms produce the other 80 percent. - Mario Tama/Getty Images

Guainia River

Rainforests help regulate weather patterns and temperature, keeping the world’s climate in check. - Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

Pygmy Marmosets

Though rainforests only cover roughly 7 percent of the Earth’s dry land surface, they are home to more than 50 percent of all animal and plant species. - Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Malaysian Rainbow

More than 25 percent of medications used worldwide today originated in rainforests. - AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Mining Site

Rainforest deforestation has led to the highest extinction rate in history: An average of 137 rainforest plant and animal species are exterminated every day. - Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Munduruku Tribe

50 million indigenous people call rainforests home, and deforestation is responsible for the depletion of much of their food. - Mario Tama/Getty Images

White Tree

Rainforests are one of the Earth’s primary carbon sinks. A carbon sink is any region that absorbs more carbon than it releases. - Mario Tama/Getty Images

Mountain Deforestation

If deforestation continues at its current rate, all the world’s rainforests will be lost within 40 years. - Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

River Sunset

There are more freshwater fish in rainforest waterways than anywhere else on Earth. - Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Birds View

There are many bird species which migrate to rainforests for the winter; many travel 3,000 miles or more to get there. - Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/Getty Images

Pantanal Peak

Rainforest land is not good for farming. Once cleared, the poor soil quality can only sustain crops for 1-2 years, leaving a nutrient free and virtually useless piece of land. - Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

River Bend

The Amazon rain forest spans approximately 3.4 million square miles — about the same surface area as Western Europe. - Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

Tree Climbing

Around 80 percent of the natural foods we eat originated in rainforests, including rice, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, black pepper, pineapples, corn, coffee, and chocolate. - Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Smokey Forest

Annually, rainforests can get anywhere from 75-260 inches of rain. At the high end, that is more than 21 feet of rainfall. - Raphael Alves/AFP/Getty Images

Belo Monte

Antarctica is the only continent devoid of rainforests. - Mario Tama/Getty Images

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