In Costa Rica, there’s an orphanage that’s home to some of the cutest creatures on Earth. No, not human babies, sloths!
Since 2013, the Sloth Institute has been rescuing baby sloths who were unable to learn primary survival skills after they lost their mums.
Sam Trull co-founded the institute shortly after she met an adorable two-week-old sloth named Kermie. She instantly assumed the role of Kermie’s mum, raising him to grow up healthy and strong, before setting him free back into the wild.
To achieve this, the self-declared Mother of Sloths developed a “soft-release method”, wherein the orphans are housed in a cage at the rehabilitation site for a few months. Once they’ve adapted to their environment, the cage is left open and they can go in and out whenever they’d like.
Last year, Trull successfully did a soft release on Kermie and Ellen, another baby at the institute. Both sloths have done well on their own.
Irresistibly cute as these animals may be, Trull warns that sloths are highly sensitive and could easily die from stress. That’s why we should all do our part in their conservation.
“People can help by being responsible tourists,” she said. “When visiting a country with sloths, never pay to take a picture with one, hold one or pet one.”
Trull details more of her unconditional love for these adorable mammals in her 100-page art and photography book, Sloth Love.
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