Adorable Sloth Waits Patiently For Rescuers To Arrive

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

Ecuadorian transit police recently noticed a sluggish sloth trying to cross an open highway — but there was too much traffic, and the sloth knew he was in danger.

His brilliant solution? Park himself on the side of the road, cling to a pole, and patiently wait for someone to come along and give him a helping hand. And eventually, that’s exactly what Officer Aguayo did. The kindhearted officer pulled over to inspect this ‘lazy bear,’ as they’re called in Ecuador.

Now, we’ve seen sloths attempting the impossible before. Because sloths are incredibly slow-moving creatures, we know it typically takes human intervention in order for them to safely succeed.

This cute sloth was taken to a veterinarian who specializes these types of creatures. Thankfully, he was healthy and thus brought back to his habitat. Afterwards, the Ecuador Transit Commission went even further to ensure safety and promote respect for animals that cross the streets. The executive director established a rule that all animals found on streets and highways must be immediately attended to. Not only is this sloth adorable, but he’s also a hero of the Animal Kingdom 🙂

The story has now gone viral, and has so far been shared on Facebook more than 12,000 times. Scroll down to see him for yourself…

Instead of attempting to cross a busy highway like he originally planned, this adorable, slow sloth realized he probably wouldn’t make it home alive — so he wrapped himself around a pole and waited for someone to come and help.

The photos are now going viral. Would anyone stop to help this poor, lost creature find his way back to his family?


Authorities pulled up to the sloth, inspected him, plucked him up, and transferred him to a veterinarian. Once he checked out with good health, the sloth was taken back to his natural habitat without injury.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, sloths are so slow because they “have an extremely low metabolic rate, which means they move at a languid, sluggish pace through the trees. On average, sloths travel 41 yards per day — less than half the length of a football field!”

Once the sloth was safely released back to his home, the executive director of the Ecuador Transit Commission enforced that all animals found on streets and highways must be immediately attended to.

What a show of kindness, patience and care for all animals. I’m so glad this adorable sloth waited for help, and that his hero arrived. If you agree, please SHARE this story with your friends on Facebook!

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