Unknown SLOTH-like animal of South America.
Etymology: From the Tehuelche su (“cloak”) +
Variant name: Su.
Physical description: Long tail.
Behavior: Carries its young on its back and
shields them with its tail. Hunted by Indians,
who made cloaks of its skin.
Distribution: Southern Argentina; Chile.
Present status: Probably extinct since the late
Possible explanation: Could represent a surviving
Patagonian cave-dwelling sloth (Mylodon
darwinii ), subfossil remains of which are known
from the Cueva del Milodón in southern Chile.
Its thick skin may have been prized by the Indians