Buttercup is the most well-known sloth in the world. She has been on countless Animal Planet and Discovery Channel specials. She is a sloth legend. THE sloth legend. Also the current world's oldest known living sloth.
She was the founding member of the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica...
...and maintains residency in a basket 24/7. She never leaves the basket. Really, the basket is her life.
BuzzFeed was granted special access to the elusive sloth-teuse and we were able to get a rare insight into what it's like being the world's most famous sloth.
7:00 a.m.: Buttercup slowly comes to life. She awakens. Buttercup waits (kind of) patiently for her first delivery of leafy greens. She motions to the help.
7:05 a.m.: Buttercup turns around. She is still sleepy. "My greens. My greens, please." She yells.
7:10 a.m.: Her greens are delivered. She begins her beauty regime. Buttercup exfoliates her sloth face.
7:12 a.m.: Exfoliation is exhausting. Beauty is so boring. She sleeps.
8:05 a.m.: Buttercup suddenly awakes with a confused expression on her face. She overslept, again. Shit. Her adoring masses of loyal fans are coming soon.
8:06 a.m.: Buttercup resumes her beauty regime.
8:10 a.m.: Buttercup stops for a quick nosh. Everything she eats is organic. "It's good for my skin and mood," she says.
8:20 a.m.: Buttercup stops for another nap. She sleeps kind of a lot.
8:30 a.m.: Buttercup wakes up and eats more leaves. They keep her trim and fit. It's hard being in the public eye all the time.
9:00 a.m.: Buttercup sits on a perch and motions to her help that she's ready.
10:01 a.m.: Buttercup looks toward her fans. She loves her fans.
10:02 a.m: Last-minute touches on her nails. She's ready for her fans.
10:07 a.m.: Buttercup whispers, "Hi, fans."
10:10 a.m: Face on. Nails done. It's showtime.
And by showtime, she means just sit there and be a sloth. She compares herself to the likes of Kim Kardashian and Elizabeth Taylor. Her life is perfect parts glamour and exposé.
10:11 a.m: "Come on now, fans. Don't be shy. I don't really bite. I'm a sloth."
10:12 a.m: Buttercup poses for her fans.
10:20 a.m.: Buttercup announces she's had enough from said fans.
10:25 a.m.: Buttercup turns around for a nap.
10:26 a.m.: She screams back at her fans. "I love you fans! I am here because of you, fans!"
11:45 a.m.: Buttercup awakes with a burst of vigor. She slept through some fan visits. Her bad.
11:49 a.m.: Buttercup begins grooming.
"It's funny because people don't realize what goes into being Buttercup. It's a full-time job!"
11:52 a.m.: She exfoliates her arms. Her arms are her signature body part. She compares them to J.Lo's "booty." "It's what people come to see, " she says.
12:22 p.m.: Buttercup takes a selfie for her many millions of Instagram followers. It's how she keeps in touch with her people. "Costa Rica can be so isolating, but I love it," she says.
12:30 p.m.: More fans arrive. Buttercup turns to greet them.
12:45 p.m.: It's a shitshow. Bulbs flashing. People shouting. Buttercup poses through the chaos.
This lasts for a solid hour and a half.
3:30 p.m.: The chaos is over for now. Buttercup moves to her top lair. She calls it her "penthouse." She smiles.
3:45 p.m.: Last call! Day is almost up. Buttercup is exhausted.
4:05 p.m.: Buttercup finishes her day with a couple of late fans. They apologize. She doesn't mind.
4:30 p.m.: Buttercup gets a well-deserved nap before dinner.
5:45 p.m.: Dinner. More leaves. She reveals she's on a "cleanse."
5:55 p.m.: Buttercup does a quick photo shoot for a sloth-interest magazine based out of Honduras.
6:00 p.m.: Buttercup is sleeping. Again.
7:15 p.m.: Buttercup is still sleeping.
7:30 p.m.: Buttercup wakes up to eat some more leaves. Her metabolism is slow. It's a constant battle, she says.
8:00 p.m.: It's getting dark. Buttercup shows me the manicure she got last week. It's very nice.
8:35 p.m.: Buttercup begins her pre-bed ritual with stretching. "Staying lose is key. I'm a sloth." We laugh.
9:00 p.m.: A last-minute snack to get her through the night.
10:00 p.m.: Buttercup yawns. She's out. Another successful day of slothing. When I asked her what keeps her going she goes on about her fans: "My fans. I do it for my fans."
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