Officials Save Adorable Sloth Found Clinging To Highway Crash Barrier

Traffic cops saved a frightened sloth bear after it wandered onto an Ecuadorian highway.

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Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador


If you, as a human, think the world is scary, imagine what innocent and vulnerable animals – such as the sloth – think about modern living. 

We can only imagine that the adorable sloth bear (above) was frightened out of his wits, but, thankfully, he was rescued once passersby reported his status to officials.

Reuters reports that recently, a frightened sloth bear was found clinging to a highway crash barrier in Equador. The Comision de Transito del Ecuador (Transit Commission of Ecuador) shared the news on its Facebook page with the comment:

“We are grateful to all those people who were interested in the health of the animal.

“The sloth bear rescued by our unit was reviewed by a veterinarian, who determined that it was in optimal condition to be returned to its habitat.”

Officials were alerted to the presence of a sloth bear clinging to a crash barrier on a highway.

Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

Luckily, they arrived just in time to divert traffic and save its life.

Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

Shortly after, a veterinarian determined the sloth healthy enough to return to its habitat.

 

Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

Credit: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

As you might know, sloth species are listed as threatened or in danger of extinction due to habitat loss and human encroachment. The animals make their homes in the treetops of South American rainforests and, as the forests are cut down, are forced to relocate or are stranded with nowhere to go.

Luckily, this adorable guy was saved when he wandered onto an Ecuadorian highway.

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