All the glory is bestowed in the animal world to the creatures who are the fastest. They hog the limelight as the athletes of the kingdom, while those who are slow one win races on in in stories and fables as the steadiest animals. But, it is no easy feat to be the slowest animals in the world, moving at their own pace. Well, let’s take a look at animals who do not care much for the thrilling championships of foxes and rabbits – the 10 slowest animals in the world.
10. Gila Monster
If you don’t like lizards, you probably won’t like Gila monsters, either. They can grow up to a length of 60 cm, and its weight varies from 350 to 700 gm. It is the only venomous lizard in the US. But, they are hardly of any threat to you, as they move at a speed of about 667 cm per sec. Besides, they consume food up to one-third their weight, and store fat in body. So they rarely search for food.
9. Koala Bear
The exceedingly adorable koala bears are no bears – they are a threatened category of arboreal herbivorous marsupials, though they can get pretty cranky if disturbed. The highest speed at which they have been noted to move is 447 cm per sec, and move up trees in no time, though they have a general lethargy in their movements, perhaps since they know that they are too cute to be attacked.
8. American Woodcock
The American woodcock is the only bird on this, and is a must-inclusion among the slowest animals in the world. Colloquially referred to as the timberdoodle, it is a small chunky shorebird. It is a migratory bird which, due to its courtship flights, is accepted as a harbinger of spring in northern areas. The American woodcocks move at a speed of 222 cm per sec. and are the slowest of birds.
Manatees are also called sea cows. They are marine mammals who are mostly herbivorous, and reach up to a length of 4 m and weight of 590 kg. No wonder they are really slow. They have a speed of about 139-222 cm per sec approximately. They are lazy, too, as they hardly ever use their paddle-like flippers. The generally live in shallow waters, and carry their weight about by floating around.
Loris is a medium sized primate, often counted among strange and hideous creatures, what with its tennis ball eyes and curiously human-like but strangely long hands. They have slow movement, at a speed of about 55.5 cm per sec. They can extract mild toxins to discourage some predators, and can lumber to avoid them. Hence, they are fearless. Oh, and they are also nocturnal, hidden in the dark.