In late November, our security guards responded to a “cry” that was heard near one of the villas. When they arrived, they discovered an orphaned baby sloth! It was tiny and still had the umbilical cord attached.
Sloths usually eat, sleep, and even give birth, hanging from tree limbs. Infant sloths normally cling to their mother’s fur, but occasionally they do fall off. If this happens, in some cases the mother sloth refuses to leave the tree to retrieve the infant sloth, thus leaving it to die. It seems that this could’ve been the case with our orphaned baby sloth.
Mauricio, one of our personal concierges, was able to contact Kids Saving the Rainforest and they took it to their wildlife refuge to take care of it until it can be re-released into the wild.
Kids Saving the Rainforest is a non-profit organization in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica that hopes to educate children about the rainforest, preserve local rainforest land, rehabilitate baby and injured animals, have a wildlife sanctuary for animals that can never be re-released into the wild, and insure the survival of the endangered Titi monkeys.