The story in this link is hilarious, and is surely calling out for the attention of zany steampunk novelists everywhere. I’ve also read that explorers and frontier-dwellers in the US and Canada were advised to look out for surviving giant ground sloths into the 19th Century, but I don’t remember the reference.

On that note, it turns out that the ‘ground’ in ‘ground sloth’ is intended to invoke a contrast not only with tree sloths, but also with (giant!) marine sloths.
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