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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Kristen Bell cried tears of joy when a sloth came to her birthday party (Video)

Kristen Bell and a sloth named Bimba. (David Livingston/Getty; Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty)
Kristen Bell, an actress best known for playing the title character on “Veronica Mars,” really love sloths. “I've been obsessed with sloths for as long as I can remember. They must be my spirit animal or something,” Bell recently told the Insider.

But now, thanks to an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” we know that when faced with the prospect of seeing a sloth, Bell freaks out.

Bell told DeGeneres her fiance Dax Shepard promised her an awesome present for her 31st birthday. On the big day, which took place back in July, Bell said, “I immediately was overcome and thought, 'There's a sloth near. There is a sloth here. It’s close. It’s gonna happen.”

Cut to a video of Bell sobbing tears of joy at the prospect of getting to meet a sloth.

Maybe you aren’t aware that baby sloths are super adorable. Watch this video from Animal Planet as a primer. I’ll wait.

Great, right? It’s worth mentioning that there are specific laws in each state about owning exotic animals like sloths. They’re actually illegal to purchase or own in the state of California, unless the owner has a permit or they were legally purchased before 1992, according to

In an earlier interview on the Nooner podcast, where Bell told the exact same story, she said the sloth she met, named Melon, works in the film industry.

Watch the entire segment, which is as cute as . . . well, a baby sloth, below.

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