Mindful kids: Five of the world’s slowest creatures

STARFISH: The top speed of your average starfish is 12.8km per hour. Keep in mind, they do not have brains. They move slowly so that they can look thoroughly and carefully for food.

HEY kids! As you know, all creatures have their unique ways to help them survive in their special habitats. Not all of them need to be fast – in fact, some of them take forever to move. Here are five slow creatures you’d hope wouldn’t get in front of you in a queue.

GARDEN SNAIL: If garden snails really pushed themselves, they could move up to 0.047km per hour. Luckily, they have the ability to make babies without a mate, so it’s okay if they’re a bit late for their date.

THREE-TOED SLOTH: These animals have a top speed of 0.2km per hour, making them the slowest mammals on land. It’s not uncommon for algae to grow on a sloth’s furry coat.

GALAPAGOS GIANT TORTOISE: These huge reptilians have a top speed of 0.3km per hour. If they wanted to become world travellers, it would take very long … But at least they have a lifespan of 100 to 170 years, giving them lots of time.

KOALA BEAR: These cute Australian marsupials (sub-species of a mammal) have a top speed of around 10km per hour. They don’t have any reason to move fast, though, because they spend most of their time sleeping in trees.

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Monique van Wyk

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