After Sloth Tuckers Out In The Middle Of A Highway, Police Come To His Rescue.

There is no denying sloths are adorable little creatures and the fact that they live such slow-paced lives makes humans a little envious of them. The truth is, while the slow, sedentary life may seem appealing, sloths are so slow that algae grow on their coats.

Being that slow may be easy in the jungle, but in the human world, it just doesn’t work – especially when trying to cross a busy highway like one little guy tried to do in Ecuador. He made it halfway across the road before tuckering out and finding refuge on a guardrail post.


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According to National Geographic, sloths move at about six to eight feet a minute. This is partially because of their nature but also because their anatomy doesn’t support walking on land. Their back legs are not meant for walking so, “they must dig into the earth with their front claws and use their strong front legs to pull themselves along, dragging their bellies across the ground.” Which isn’t easy to do in general, let alone on concrete!

Thankfully for this little guy, police officers showed up to help him out of the sticky (and dangerous) situation.


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After the rescue mission, the police department shared the sweet story on their Facebook page and let followers know that they took the little guy to a vet to be evaluated and, thankfully, he is just fine. They said, “We want to let you know the sloth was rescued and taken by officers to a vet who said it was in a good condition to be returned to its habitat.”


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There’s no doubt that this unusual call for help was one the officers were glad to answer. It’s not every day you get the chance to see, let alone save, a sloth up close. This is surely a moment in their careers that they will remember forever.

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