It is possible that the little fellow on the left has grown into a beautiful relaxed looking adult sloth. I'll tell you why.
A couple of weeks ago we spotted this three toed sloth near the airstrip, enjoying life to the fullest. I thought it was another sloth but then I noticed something I missed before: it had no orange patch on its back just like the others we spotted often nearby. And I remember that we released a young sloth in the same area about 4 years ago. Just to make sure I was on the right track I decided to check my photo archive.
And …. here it is. This was one of my first pictures of a three-toed sloth up close and personal. That was back in 2012. It was found in the Kabalebo river, no mother sloth was spotted nearby, so the staff of Kabalebo decided to bring it to the lodge for further caring.
This one had no orange-patch. As you can see, it looked tired and didn't even want to look at us.
As it could eat by itself we knew that everything would turn out ok, so the next day we released it back into the jungle. Only this time close to the lodge, in a Cecropia obtuse tree also known locally as the Bush papaya tree. These trees grow in abundance near the lodge and the airstrip. Of course we were a bit worried if it would manage …….
….. and it is possible it did. All grown up and enjoying in its new adopted home. It looks like it wanted to show us that everything is ok after 4 years.
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