A friend of mine recently posted an adorable video about baby sloths. This reminded me of a trip our family took to Costa Rica some years ago and we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a sloth in the wild. Below is a photo that I took and then added a paint effect…
This is the video my friend posted of sweet twin baby sloths who had a dangerous form of mange…
The video was taken at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica.
The woman caring for the sloths in the video is Judy Avey-Arroyo, and I love how sweet and compassionate she is towards the tiny creatures.
“Luis Arroyo and Judy Avey-Arroyo were bed and breakfast proprietors in 1992 when three neighborhood children brought them Buttercup, then an orphaned infant sloth. The Arroyos nursed the three-fingered sloth to a healthy adulthood and became known as sloth savants. When local people found hurt or orphaned sloths, they brought them to Luis and Judy. By 1997 the Arroyos were in the sloth-saving business full-time”.
Despite their name, sloths only sleep ten hours a day. They spend most of their time up in the canopy, coming down to ground level about once a week to urinate and defecate. I wish my dog and cat could perform that activity just once a week. It would be nice for us humans too, don’t you think?
According to the above article, the sloths who find their way to the Sloth Sanctuary are either orphaned, injured by coming into contact with electrical lines, or, sadly, attacked by humans. If the sloths are not able to be released back into the wild, the Arroyos will keep them in their care.
What an amazing couple, truly making a difference in the world!
How do you feel about sloths? The Arroyos? Could you do what they do? I’ve always fantasized about helping animals in such a dramatic way, but feel less than qualified to do so.
Thank you for reading about these wonderful creatures!
Until next time,
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