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Two Toed Sloth

Choloepus didactylus


An orphaned sloth baby gets lots of love from the volunteers at aviarios Del Cribe Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica!

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patty 9 years ago

Oh, I'm so sorry to read that the cute baby sloth lost its lazy mum (I didn´t know this happens often as Larry stated); very glad the volunteers were there to give a caring and loveful hand and save it. Greetings

crobin 9 years ago

2 toed sloths own 3 toed sloths

freelancing 9 years ago

What a darling creature. Thanks for posting.

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Sloth babies are also orphaned regularly because they lose a grip on the mother and fall to the ground. They are quite resilient and usually survive the fall o.k. However, the mothers move so slowly that they are unlikely to go to the ground for the baby because of the possibility of predation.

Blueidone 9 years ago

Adorable Sloth...thanks to all that volunteer to care for these orphans!

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KarenL 9 years ago

So cute but sad that they are separated from their mothers. It's a shame that the ports' authorities don't clamp down on the "photographers" that are illegally trading in these animals & remove the "demand" for them.

JessyZich 9 years ago

That sounds great, yes look them up! They are becoming very popular and will have a video on Animal Planet soon. Lots of research is being done there as well. Its a fun volunteer job, I was there for 3 weeks. Well worth it, especially holding and walking the babies in the jungle!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Oh..such a beautiful baby..I feel so sorry that pouchers and alike are taking advantage of these poor animals. Thank God they take care of them at the sanctuary. I was in Manzanillo in 2002 and I loved this place. We were at night with the rangers trying to find turtles nests before the poachers will steal the was quite exhausting! I also saw some sloths in Tortuguero and in the Pacific side in Manuel Antonio but not the two toed one. By the way, thanks for referring to Aviarios Sanctuary. I will write it down in case I return to Costa Rica. I would love to volunteer there! :-)

JessyZich 9 years ago

They do stay with their moms for awhile, however more and more people are taking the babies from the moms and waiting for the cruise ships to unload. Here they try to get tourists to take photos with the babies. A loss of habitat, and dog attacks are also some of the issues. You can volunteer with them at Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary!

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Oh my word! One of the most adorable things I ever did see! I love Sloths (I can relate!) but this is the first time I've ever seen a baby. Thanks so much. Do the mothers usually carry them around for a period?

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Very cute, sad that they are orphaned.

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Spotted on Sep 29, 2010
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