National Geographic : 1945 May
He wears an armor of moss IN THE densest South American forest lives the three-toed sloth, (Bradypus tridactylus). Even stranger in his behavior than he is in ap pearance, this little animal spends almost his entire life upside down. Instead of balancing above the branches in tall trees where he lives, he walks and sleeps sus pended beneath them, holding himself secure with powerful, hooked claws. His body is well adapted to this topsy-turvy existence. But he is not equipped to defend him self against the formidable harpy eagle or tree climbing enemies like the jaguar. Nor can he escape when stalked, because he is so slow moving. The sloth is protected from danger in a curious way, unique among mammals. His long, coarse hair is encrusted with a peculiar green alga which closely resembles lichen on the trees. During the day, he sleeps, hanging with feet close together and head drawn up between his forelegs. In this position he looks just like the stump of a lichen-covered bough, and is gener ally safe from detection. Naturally, there is no form of concealment which can protect a man from the various haz ards of his daily life. And however cautious he may be, the most unexpected mishaps can, and often do, occur. But when an accident does happen, there is one protection that will never fail him. Insur ance will protect him against the sudden, and often serious, drain on his income which is likely to follow any mishap. If a fall on his back steps or a motor accident should land him in the hospital, accident insur ance will pay his medical bills and provide living expenses for his family while he is unable to work. Since there is no way of telling when some such mishap as this might occur, why not con sult your local Travelers man about accident protection now? MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.