DF2014:Giant sloth

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Giant sloth

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Urist likes giant sloths for their slow movement.
Biome

Variations

Sloth - Sloth man - Giant sloth

Attributes
Alignment: Savage

· Exotic mount

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

· Exotic pet · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Size
Child: 24,216 cm3
Adolescent: 121,080 cm3
Adult: 242,160 cm3

Age
Adult at: 2
Max age: 10-20
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 13
Fat 12
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 18
Skull 1
Teeth 2
Skin Raw hide

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
A huge monster in the shape of a sloth.
Not to be confused with giant sloth bears

Giant sloths are oversized variants of the common sloth. Like the other sloth creatures, giant sloths are quite slow. Because of this, giant sloths are not particularly dangerous, especially when serving as mounts during a siege. In this situation they are actually detrimental to the rider, being slower than any goblin or elf would be even if they had both legs taken out from under them.

Giant sloths can be captured, tamed, and bred for meat or pets; though their only notable trait over other non-grazing giant creatures is that they are somewhat easier to keep track of. Some dwarves prefer giant sloths for their "slow movement".

[edit] In real life

An artist's depiction of a Megatherium, or giant sloth

Unlike many giant variations in-game, giant sloths are notable for actually having existed in the real world (though currently extinct). The closest species to a giant sloth was Megatherium (although other similar species included Eremotherium, Promegatherium, and Prepotherium [1]). It was roughly the size of a modern-day elephant, making it one of the largest land mammals of its time period. It lived in South American woodlands and grasslands. [2]

Interestingly, giant sloths in-game aren't as large as some other giant animals (in addition, they are only a measly 40.36 times larger than sloths). They do not produce nearly as much food as an elephant, despite their ancestors being nearly the same size.

[edit] A Megatherium skeleton in Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle

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