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Kristen Bell likes sloths. Like really, really like sloths. She's so obsessed them, in fact, that when her fiance Dax Shepard surprised her with a sloth on her 31st birthday, she experienced a full-blown meltdown.
Fortunately, Shepard, 37, was recording the entire incident -- and Bell graciously shared the footage on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Watch it below!
One of the many hilarious things about Bell's reaction to the gift of a sloth (which Shepard rented for the day) is that she began to sob before she even met the creature. As Bell -- who gushed about her love for sloths to The Insider in January -- tells Ellen DeGeneres, she intuitively sensed that Dax's surprise was going to be of the sloth persuasion.
"The day of my birthday, we're sitting in the living room and I hear a knock at the door. Dax says, 'Your present is here. Why don't you go grab the dogs and go in the back room?'" Bell recalls. "I had no context for knowing what it was, but I grabbed the dogs and walk into the back room of the house and I was immediately overcome and I thought, 'There's a sloth near. There's a sloth here; it's close; it's going to happen.' And I didn't know how to process that because my entire life had been waiting for this moment, where I would get to interact with a sloth."
Still, that's usually not a reason to cry -- but Bell explains that her emotional scale is different from others': If she's not between a "3" or a "7," she's crying -- with anything below a 3 being too sad and anything over a 7 being too happy. The arrival of the sloth, she says, put her all the way up to an "11."
"I don't know how to compete with all this emotion," the House of Lies said, "so I just kind of crawl up on the bed and I'm crying so hard." That's when Shepard walks in and captures her reaction on film, lovingly soothing her and breaking the joyous news that the sloth would be one of the revelers at her birthday party later that day (July 18).
Almost as precious as the footage is Bell's reaction when DeGeneres says that she's about to bring a sloth out to play with the actress. Ellen quickly explains that she's just joking, but the damage has already been done: Bell is close to tears -- though obviously they're the good kind.
So how will Shepard trump his gift next year? Well, Bell told The Insider that the only thing cuter than a baby sloth is a slow loris -- so there's one idea. Can't wait for that video!