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A three-toed sloth relaxing in the forest canopy.

A baby three-toed sloth was separated from his mother on a beach in Costa Rica but luckily was found by the staff from Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

After the staff located the baby’s mother, they noticed she was making her way up to the forest canopy. This gave them time to take the baby to the vet for a check-up. After the baby was given a clean bill of health by the veterinarian, the staff recorded the baby’s cries so they could play them back for the mother to coax her down the tree.


When she realized the staff had her baby, the mother slowly climbed down a tree to be reunited with her little boy.

“We recorded the cry of the baby and played it near the tree to get the mom’s attention, we waited patiently until the mom came down for the baby. The JRC created this method a few years ago, we use it every time to be able to reunite mom and baby sloths,” the rescue center wrote on Instagram. “It melts our hearts every time we can witness the reunion of a mom and her baby.”

One of the sloth's most noticeable characteristics is how slowly they move. The reason for this is they have the most sluggish digestive system of any mammal. It can take weeks for them to fully digest a meal, so they compensate by doing less instead of eating more. To put it simply, sloths live in a permanent food coma.

If you enjoyed seeing a mama sloth reunited with her baby, check out this video of a daddy sloth meeting his baby for the first time.

Co-sleeping isn't for everyone.

The marital bed is a symbol of the intimacy shared between people who’ve decided to be together 'til death they do part. When couples sleep together it’s an expression of their closeness and how they care for one another when they are most vulnerable.

However, for some couples, the marital bed can be a warzone. Throughout the night couples can endure snoring, sleep apnea, the ongoing battle for sheets or circadian rhythms that never seem to sync. If one person likes to fall asleep with the TV on while the other reads a book, it can be impossible to come to an agreement on a good-night routine.

Last week on TODAY, host Carson Daly reminded viewers that he and his wife Siri, a TODAY Food contributor, had a sleep divorce while she was pregnant with their fourth child.

“I was served my sleep-divorce papers a few years ago,” he explained on TODAY. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to us. We both, admittedly, slept better apart.”

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Chef broke cycle of "miserable leadership."

Anyone who's worked in a restaurant will know how intense it can be, especially in the kitchen. It’s hot, the cooks are stressed, someone’s always yelling about something and dishes, well, sometimes they end up broken. In upscale restaurants the pressure is even higher, so when this chef began to explain how he turned his kitchen around to be more harmonious and less chaotic, I stopped to listen.

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Teacher of the year explains why he's leaving district in unforgettable 3-minute speech

"I'm leaving in hopes that I can regain the ability to do the job that I love."

Lee Allen

For all of our disagreements in modern American life, there are at least a few things most of us can agree on. One of those is the need for reform in public education. We don't all agree on the solutions but many of the challenges are undeniable: retaining great teachers, reducing classroom size and updating the focus of student curriculums to reflect the ever-changing needs of a globalized workforce.

And while parents, politicians and activists debate those remedies, one voice is all-too-often ignored: that of teachers themselves.

This is why a short video testimony from a teacher in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County went viral recently. After all, it's hard to deny the points made by someone who was just named teacher of the year and used the occasion to announce why he will be leaving the very school district that just honored him with that distinction.

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