So, as far as we were concerned, 2016 was going down in history as the year that true love died.

But then Sir David Attenborough – AKA The Soothing Voice Of Reason – came to our rescue and introduced us to this studly little sloth, who we’re going to call Boris from here on out. 

Boris, like most of us at 3am on a Saturday night, heard mating calls from across the room/ jungle and realised that he had a potential lady friend, ready and waiting. 

Only problem? There was a whole frickin’ body of water in the way.

There’s only a couple hundred pygmy three-toed sloths left in the world, so, faced with the threat of extinction and/ or not getting laid, Boris pulled a total Michael Phelps and breaststroked his way to the other side.

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Look at his little doggy-paddle! Take note, ladies and gents, THAT is romance.

SPOILER ALERT: Turns out the object of Boris’ affections has just given birth to a baby sloth and won’t be ready to get ~busy~ for another six months. 

But then, just as he’s about to call it a night and slope off to find a kebab, there’s a plot twist! 

Another female calls! Boris is still in with a chance.

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The heartwarming clip is snipped from Planet Earth 2, the latest David Attenborough-narrated nature series, which has been 10 years in the making. 

Have a go at the full video above, and just try not to smile. 

Boris, we love you. 

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