Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
Sylvester the Silly Sloth
Everyone knows that a sloth moves slowly when it moves at all, hangs upside down from tree limbs, sleeps away about half the day, and doesn’t have much to say. A quiet life is pretty good protection from getting eaten up by hungry jaguars too.
That’s why it was very dangerous to do the kind of silly stuff every day that Sylvester was doing.
Instead of descending once a week to use his ground-level potty, Sylvester backed slowly down the trunk every day, doing a little wiggly sidestep, just for fun.
Instead of holding his tongue as most sloths do except during mating season, Sylvester whistled happy little songs for no reason and whispered about his plans for the day.
Instead of moving as quietly as sloths usually move, Sylvester scratched his big claws loudly against the tree trunk as he moved about and made quite a large racket as he tried to carve his initials in the bark before making his way back to his limb for a nap.
Other sloths in the rainforest tut-tutted and slowly shook their heads at silly Sylvester and his noise because they knew what would happen when Jackson the Jumpy Jaguar made his rounds.
Sure enough, Sylvester was on the ground, working on his initials when Jackson showed up. He tried to swipe at the jaguar with his massive claws, but it was too late. Silly Sylvester was a goner.
Most creatures tend to behave according to the rules, mores, and habits of their friends and relatives, and that tends to work pretty well. But from time to time, one desperately feels the need to march to a different drummer. It pays to do so circumspectly.
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