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Just when you thought the Puppy Bowl couldn’t get any cuter, Animal Planet is completely upping the cuteness ante.

Yup, this year’s Puppy Bowl—our preferred Super Bowl alternative—will feature a sloth. (Let that soak in for a moment.) What will said sloth be doing in this magnificent feat of puppy pageantry? Obviously, he’ll be standing in as the assistant referee.

Host and referee Dan Schachner said a sloth was the clear choice for the first-ever Puppy Bowl referee: “I’ve got a sloth as an assistant this year because I really needed help and I decided to make it as difficult as possible by getting the slowest animal on the planet.” 

In addition to the sloth, the 2018 Puppy Bowl lineup includes 400 pups from around the world, all of which are up for adoption. No word yet on whether the sloth is also up for grabs.

*Pulls a Kristen Bell and crosses fingers*

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