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Scientists in the eastern German city of Jena said today they have finally given up after three years of failed attempts to entice a sloth into budging as part of an experiment in animal movement.
The sloth, named Mats, was sent to a zoo after consistently refusing to climb up and then back down a pole, as part of an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Jena's Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology.
Not even pounds of cucumbers or plates of home-made spaghetti were appetising enough to make Mats move.
``Mats obviously wanted absolutely nothing to do with furthering science,'' said Axel Burchardt, a university spokesman.
Mats' new home is the zoo in the north-western city of Duisburg where, according to all reports, he is very comfortable.