The Sloth: Mating and predators
These animals live a solitary life except when finding a mate to breed with? With its poor senses, it is no easy matter to find one, however, since the sloth's digestion also works as slowly as the rest of its bodily processes it defecates and urinates once a week. To accomplish these processes it descends to the ground and habitually uses the same spot. This is the one time in its life that it is exposed to predators such as jaguars (Panthera onca), but also provides opportunities to meet mates and to breed with them. Its dung and urine have extremely pungent smells, and the sense of smell is the only one of the sloths faculties that is not seriously blurred. So a slothmidden is the one place in the forest that another sloth could easily find a mate.