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World’s Smallest Sloth Gets International Protection


A letter released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has announced the listing of the pygmy sloth -- the world's smallest sloth and one of the most endangered animals in the wild -- will be given protection under Appendix II of CITES. This means that trade of the species will be strictly regulated now -- a huge victory for the animal, six of which were recently embroiled in an international controversy when employees at the Dallas World Aquarium tried to smuggle them out of a Panamanian island.

Reports say that there are likely fewer than 100 pygmy sloths alive. It also so happens that they are undeniably cute -- this video is evidence of that: