Categorized | Environment, Features, Media

An Adorably Slothful Existence

 

Costa Rica’s Baby Sloth Sanctuary

(VIRAL VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

What’s not to love about baby sloths?

They’re fuzzy, smile, have big adorable eyes, and move as slow and gentle as a spoonful of molasses dripping on a cool spring day.  Their squeaks and squeals are as adorable as any kitten. 

They’re also pretty damn cute.

The Aviarios Del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica is the world’s only sloth orphanage, home to over a hundred very sleepy adopted urchins whose lives have been saved by legendary sloth whisperer Judy Arroyo.

Sloths are fantastically weird animals, slow moving junkies of the jungle who seem to spend their lives either nodding off or scratching– and occasionally eating a bean or two before drifting back to a blissful daytime nap.

The sanctuary has tours, programs, and overnight accomodations available for visitors receiving rave reviews.  One visiting family wrote:

We were in Costa Rica in January and we visited the Sloth Sanctuary.  This is a low key, charitable establishment that is totally dedicated to the preservation of the native sloths.  The Center give tours of the sanctuary, a film presentation on native sloths, a talk by the staff on their work, a visit to the nursery, and a visitor encounter with the sloths.  The place is very clean and well maintained.

These animals are fascinating and very endearing!  We were introduced to some of the more sociable sloths and the staff are very caring and protective of them.   The center has a dining room with great food, a shop, a small nature walk displaying native plants and trees, and an opportunity to go on a boat ride through the mangroves.  We were lucky and saw three wild sloths in the tree canopies as we sailed along the mangroves!

My favorite was the three-toed guy named Laylo.  I carried him around for two hours.  He looked just as bummed as I was after I had to leave.

This is a great place to visit and I’m sure if you do – you too will be charmed by these strange creatures.  This was my favorite part of our trip to Costa Rica!!

 

If you’re one to fall in love with these animals and can stay awhile, you can also join the sanctuary’s volunteer program.  Trainee sloth wranglers feed the sloths and help exercise and potty train the babies.  

The sanctuary runs solely on donations and voluntary help– so you can do your bit helping these vulnerable creatures whose jungle homes are slowly being destroyed by pesticides, encroachment, sold off to US real estate agencies, and sliced and diced by roads and power lines.

Sloth, smile, and love on, people.

 

One Response to “An Adorably Slothful Existence”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. [...] we profiled the sweet, cute, cuddly and adorable sloth.  How [...]


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Greedster Cantor goes where he belongs
    Political Wire - Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) plans to join boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. as he embarks on a new career on Wall Street, the Wall Street Journal reports.Bloomberg says Cantor will be paid at least $3.4 million this yearJon Walker, Firedog Lake - Eric Cantor’s new job sends a clear message to all incumbents: toe the […]
  • Word: The Ukraine crisis
    Stephen Cohen, Nation - The new cold war orthodoxy rests almost entirely on fallacious opinions. Five of those fallacies are particularly important today:—Fallacy No. 1: Ever since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, Washington has treated post-Communist Russia generously as a desired friend and partner, making every effort to help it become a democratic, p […]
  • Fast food workers plan civil disobedience
    NY Times - The next round of strikes by fast-food workers demanding higher wages is scheduled for Thursday, and this time labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests.The organizers say fast-food workers — who are seeking a $15 hourly wage — will go on stri […]
  • Things we hadn't started to worry about yet
    Huffington Post  - Five brave geckos sent to space for zero-gravity sex experiments have died, Russian officials announced.On Monday, the descent module containing the lusty lizards and other experiments from the Foton-M4 satellite launched in July returned to Earth."All geckos, unfortunately, died," the Russian Federal Space Agency said in a state […]
  • Politicians far behind public on choice issue
    Some other examples of how Americans differ from their politicians […]
  • Black while walking illegal in Beverly Hills
    Charles Belk photoAddicting Info - Apparently, it doesn’t matter where a black person walks in this country. Police will always find a way to arrest them and violate their rights. But this time, officers bit off more than they can chew.Television producer Charles Belk is tall, bald, and black as are many African-American men in America. However, based on tha […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    The frightening thing about Auschwitz is not that some would deny it but how real it still seems. The frightening thing about Auschwitz is that our leaders go to honor it while still denying Guantanamo and Al Graib and Palestine. We will know that we have finally learned the Holocaust's lessons when we no longer hear new echoes of it. - Sam Smith […]
  • Word
    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go - Oscar Wilde […]
  • New info on Clinton's collusion wiht Israel
    Electronic Intifada - “I’ll back you and protect you, I’m your guy … it’s very upsetting … all the Arabs are the same,” US President Bill Clinton told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a 19 July 2000 meeting during the failed Camp David summit with Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat.Only months earlier, in March 2000, Clinton displayed the same […]
  • Deer Isle's model worker cooperative
    Community Wealth - Beloved for its charming landscapes and fresh lobster, the rural community of Deer Isle, Maine is now gaining attention in the cooperative world. When Verne and Sandra Seile, proprietors of Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley, decided to retire last year, they sold their businesses to their employees. With 62 ne […]
  • Bringing comic books into classrooms
    NY Times - When fifth graders at P.S. 124 in Brooklyn were given a sneak peek last winter of “Theseus and the Minotaur,” a retelling of the classic Greek myth by the French writer and cartoonist Yvan Pommaux, they immediately took to the tale, their teacher, Daniel Tandarich, said. And why not? The book, the first from Toon Graphics, is filled with gruesomel […]
  • Foois' goal
    Sam Smith, 2004 - During the Cold War someone defined the difference between the major parties this way:In America everything is permitted that is not prohibited.In Germany everything is prohibited that is not permitted.In France everything is permitted even though it is prohibited.In Russia everything is prohibited even though it is permitted.One of the iro […]
  • Hollywood revenues hit 8 year low
    Hollywood Reporter  -To understand the upside-down summer at the box office, consider that Sony's 22 Jump Street, made for about $50 million, ended up grossing nearly as much in North America as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the studio's $200 million-plus tentpole that represents the type of movie on which Hollywood long has relied to drive summer slat […]
  • GOP drug czar saw nothing wrong with beheading dealers
    LA Times, 1989 - William J. Bennett, federal drug policy coordinator, said Thursday night he had no moral qualms about beheading convicted drug dealers."Morally, I don't have any problem with that at all," Bennett said when asked on the CNN program "Larry King Live" call-in television show, whether he would support Saudi Arabian-styl […]
  • HRC backs GMO
    Nation of Change - In her June 25 keynote address to the BIO International Convention in San Diego, Calif., Hillary Clinton voiced strong support for genetic engineering and genetically engineered crops. She earned a standing ovation that day by stating that the biotech industry suffers from a public perception problem and that it just needs “a better vocabu […]