The Most Beautiful Sloths Are Here to Remind You to Relax

Wildlife photographer Lucy Cooke's new book "Life in the Sloth Lane" is packed with stunning shots of sloths

01 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

Life just doesn’t quit. There are podcasts to keep up with, laundry to do, three meals to eat a day, emails to circle back on. The list of “to-dos” can seem endless.

Thankfully sloths exist as a reminder that it’s okay to take things slow every so often. Veteran wildlife filmmaker Lucy Cooke has captured that mammal mantra in her new book, Life in the Sloth Lane.

02 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

This adorable page-turner is packed with some of the most beautiful sloths the world has ever seen.

03 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

Born smiling and with the coolest body temprature of any mammals, sloths are the epitome of chill.

04 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

Cooke, the founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, knows how to capture all their best angles thanks to years in the field snapping these natural models.

05 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

Not only are these endearingly odd animals great posers, they are also perfect models for how we should be living our lives.

06 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

Cooke hopes her new book and the cuties packed inside encourages others to be more mindful of the beauty around them and to shrug off unnecessary stress.

07 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

One way to start admiring the beauty around you is by staring deep into the eyes of these stunning Costa Ricans.

08 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

While sloths should definitely be idolized, they should never be bought. These creatures are wild animals and have no place in the world as pets.

09 of 09
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Photos from Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke (Workman). © 2018. Photos by Lucy Cooke.

Get all the stunning sloths you can handle in your own home by ordering Cooke's new photo-packed book, here.

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