An extremely rare Victorian taxidermy Pygmee three-toed Sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) or Escudo-island Sloth by Rowland Ward (1848-1912)
In a plain glass case, the animal realistically mounted hanging from branches, typical marks of a full-grown three-toed sloth but of a very small size.
H. approx. 80 cm (case)
Collection Errol Fuller, United Kingdom
With Ayre & Co, London
The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), also known as the monk sloth or dwarf sloth, is a sloth endemic to Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small island off the coast of Panama. The species was first described by Robert P. Anderson of the University of Kansas and Charles O. Handley Jr., of the Smithsonian Institution in 2001. The pygmy three-toed sloth is significantly smaller than the other three members of its genus, but otherwise resembles the brown-throated three-toed sloth. According to Anderson and Handley Jr., the head-and-body length is between 48 and 53 centimetres (19 and 21 in), and the body mass ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 kg (5.5 to 7.7 lb).