The initial thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of sloths is how cute they are. And yes, sloths are extremely sweet looking and lovable, but they’re also victims of deforestation and lumber harvesting more and more. Humans are invading their natural habitat and they suffer the consequences. That is why Sam Trull made the decision to come into action. She moved from the U.S. to Costa Rica and started an organization to help rehabilitate baby sloths who lost their mothers. Check out the adorable pictures below. Warning: you’ll probably want to buy a ticket to Costa Rica right away.
Sam Trull has dedicated her life to helping these adorable creatures. Who can resist that face?!
Sam has left the U.S. and founded The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica.
This baby sloth’s name is Kermie and he started the whole journey Sam has taken. He is the inspiration for the institute.
Using a special “soft” release technique, the institute allows the sloths to slowly get acclimated to the jungle before being sent off on their own.
Look at this adorable baby in a coffee cup!
“I co-founded The Sloth Institute because I wanted to spend all of my energy and time getting my hand-raised babies back into the jungle.”
The first of the institute’s three main goals is to research captive and wild sloths.
The second goal is to collaborate with other institutes that work with sloths around the globe.
The third goal is to educate people while generating and disseminating responsible information about sloths to the public.
In order for sloths to survive, they need forests. Not just any forest though, they have to have the right kind of trees and the right amount of them. The forest also needs to be healthy and connected.
Another challenge for sloths are humans. When they come into the area, they bring cars, dangerous power lines, and stray dogs.
“All these things affect every wildlife species, but especially sloths that do not have the ability to jump away from danger or run quickly across the road.”
Many sloths are taken away from their natural habitat and shown around to tourists for them to pet. This makes sloths very anxious and can even result in their death.
Responsible tourists should be aware of the fact that when they visit a country with sloths, they shouldn’t take pictures while holding or petting these animals. This can cause them great harm.
“How can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?!” Now, who wouldn’t agree to that?!
“In addition, they have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see.”
If these lovely babies can only thrive and be happy when we don’t interact with them, then we should leave them be and let them lead the amazing, lazy lives they need.