…the sloths sleep tonight (or morning, depending on which type of sloth).
My friend has an absolute obsession with sloths. I don’t get it, I really don’t. You know my first thought when someone mentions sloths? This awesome video:
It always makes me laugh. Every. Time.
But really though, she was just melting at the sight of them. She thought they were the cutest thing. I beg to differ.
Maybe I’m heartless, but that face does not melt my heart. Putting my sloth indifference aside, it was pretty interesting learning more about them at the Sloth Sanctuary in Puerto Viejo. We went on the sloth tour, which included a relaxing canoe ride and meeting the sloths that they’ve rescued.
It was really beautiful!
We came across crabs, water bugs, howling monkeys (we heard them, at least), and my friend even managed to save a butterfly from drowning!
Then we got introduced to the sloth residents, and two, in particular, stood out to me.
Meet Toyota, the one-armed sloth who was named “Toyota” because of his resilience and will to live. He was crossing an electrical wire, got electrocuted, then contracted Gangreen on his arm.
And here we have Buttercup, who is known for her friendliness towards people. When we were first introduced to her, she was sleeping in the basket. My friend and I chatted with our tour guide for a moment and when we turned to look back, this is the position she was in.
Fun facts I learned about sloths:
1. They are in perpetual food coma, which is why they move so slow. (They must be my spirit animal then lol)
2. They only go to the restroom once a week.
3. They actually do go to the “restroom,” because rather than go where they’re currently hanging, they actually climb down the tree to do their business. Our tour guide called them “clean” for this reason, but given that there are lots of creatures living in their fur (since they’re actually mostly fur), I would not call them clean.
4. They are legal to have as pets in California. I haven’t verified this but our tour guide said this in passing and for the duration of the trip, my friend kept saying how she’s going to own a pet sloth someday.
We also went to the Jaguar Rescue Center (also in Puerto Viejo), which I highly recommend visiting, because even though the name is misleading and there are no jaguars currently at the rescue center, you get pretty close to the animals that are there. The center basically rescues animals, rehabilitates them, then releases the animals back to the wild if they feel the animals will be able to survive on their own. Some are too permanently injured to be released in the wild and survive, while others, well, they just seem to find their way back.
This pissed-off looking ocelot was one such animal who just came back (twice!) after being released into the wild.
It was really cool to be on a tour where the animals are so close-by, just hanging out, all nonchalant.
If you’re the type who enjoys nature and loves animals, Costa Rica is definitely a great place to go!