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ANIMALS by KRISS on 29 november 2015

Yesterday was an amazing day ! Out of the blue our friend Mario called us and asked :

Do you want to take pictures of a sloth ? Because I have got one standing 50cm besides me (for those of you not comfortable with the metric system, about the length of an arm).

In no time we packed cameras, jumped on the bicycles and pedaled our way up to his house in a hurry.
Lucky enough, the peaceful little animal hadn’t moved a slightest bit when we arrived.
This gave us a unique opportunity to take pictures, even close ups of this sloth during almost a couple of hours.
Then we had to find a solution because Mario owns 3 dogs who can be agressive with sloths.
We decided to help him move up a branch out of the dogs reach.

Sloth have blades fro fingers, that one three of them and they also carry all the parasites in the world you can imagine.
It is definitely not safe to get too close to them or try to touch them.
We firstly tried to tempt it with a piece of mango and apple but it didn’t really care and we tried to scratch it gently with a stick to wake it up and have it grab the stick.

The sloth did seem quite happy about the scratching but then sloths always look happy.
But it didn’t grab the stick and we had to wait a little longer.

And suddenly it stretched an arm and a leg and climbed its way up to the highest branch of the nearest tree.

This morning our sloth had moved again to change tree and we haven’t spotted it yet.
From what we know sloth tend to live within the same territory though so I guess there will be further encounters with Mario and Ghislaine and this little animal soon.
What an amazing encounter though, and what a chance to witness that !

RARE SLOTH ENCOUNTER

RARE SLOTH ENCOUNTER

RARE SLOTH ENCOUNTER

RARE SLOTH ENCOUNTER

RARE SLOTH ENCOUNTER

RARE SLOTH ENCOUNTER

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