Mommy and Baby Sloth Visiting a Human Family

When Abhay came home from school his mother was not yet home to have lunch with him. So he wanted to enter the house to prepare his homework for tomorrow, when he saw two unexpected guests sitting on a chair on the balcony.

A mommy sloth with her baby was sitting on the back of the chair and taking a nap
A mommy sloth with her baby was sitting on the back of the chair and taking a nap

Abhay immediately went to his neighbour to get help, because what to do now, he was a little bit afraid, and did not dare enter the house! His neighbour called the fire brigade and helped Abhay in his home.  The friendly neighbour who was also a bit afraid of the sloth and her baby asked the fire brigade if they could come to remove the unwanted guests. And that is when I received a call from the fire brigade. I was just driving back in the Sloth Rescue Van from Saramacca where I had had a meeting with the authorities about the future Sloth Rehab Center. As I was still far away from the city, I asked the officer to call the house number and ask my colleagues to help with removing the animal.

Mommy sloth and baby were now save in a sloth carrier and Abhay was no longer afraid
Mommy sloth and baby were now save in a sloth carrier and Abhay was no longer afraid

Yvonne and Meriam went over to see how they could help. The sloth mommy, who had been whistling and defending her baby before they arrived, calmed down after Yvonne talked to it. And she let herself be removed from the chair and put in a sloth carrier. At the temporary shelter they were fed and given water. They were famished, because within a few minutes they had eaten all the leaves, and were immediately given more.

On the 25th of November, Suriname’s Independence Day, this sloth mommy and her baby were sailing towards their freedom in Saramacca. They could not wait to be back in the forest. The little one stayed close to its mommy at all times.

Sailing towards their freedom. Picture courtesy of Suriname Holidays, Suzette Eeltink.
Mommy and baby sloth back in nature.
Mommy and baby sloth back in nature.

 

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