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Sloth in Highway Gets Help From Ecuador Transport Officials

Jan 27, 2016 02:00 PM EST
Stranded Sloth
A lost sloth found itself stranded in the middle of a busy road in Ecuador, unable to make it to the other side.
(Photo : Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador/Facebook)

Sloths are generally found tree-slinging in tropical rain forests, but one of these adorable creatures recently wandered into the middle of a busy road in Quevado, Ecuador. After deciding it was officially lost, the sloth wrapped its limbs around a guard rail and waited patiently for help. 

Stranded Sloth
(Photo : Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador/Facebook)
Stranded sloth gets help.

Transport officials quickly came to the animal's rescue, and they were able to get the animal off the road and to safety. 

"The sloth rescued by our officers was checked out by a veterinarian, who determined that he was in optimal condition to be returned to his habitat," the Transit Commission of Ecuador wrote on its Facebook page

These creatures are known for being sluggish, and in the end, it turns out the sloth's patience is what saved him. Here are a couple more facts about sloths

  • There are two types of sloths: two-toed and three-toed.
  • In total, there are six species of sloth.
  • The pygmy sloth is critically endangered.
  • The animals can be found in tropical forests of Central and South America.
  • They generally only travel 40 yards per day.
  • They also have an incredibly low metabolic rate and spend between 15 and 20 hours sleeping per day.
  • They feast on leaves, twigs and flower buds.
  • Surprisingly, they are excellent swimmers.

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