Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Man Rescues Baby Sloth On Beach And Discovers Meaning Of Life.

Desperate Please For Help

Desperate Please For Help

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“I’m literally sprinting down the beach barefoot with a kitchen apron on and a box with a towel in it.” Dirk immediately dropped his kitchen utensils and the breakfast was put on hold, but the guests were more than willing to help save the defenseless creature. He quickly ran along the shore, following the animal's desperate cries. The animal was found between some rocks, but upon closer inspection, the animal seemed a bit odd.

A Strange Creature

A Strange Creature

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A bare, pink, pointed face, drenched, knotted hair, and long, stretched-out arms. The critter looked more like a stuffed toy than an animal. Dirk couldn't tell the difference between the crawling insects and the sand caught in the animal's fur. Even though Dirk lifted the creature from the rocks, it still cried. Was it hurt? Dirk was getting closer to finding out what the creature was.

A Hectic Night

A Hectic Night

Morgan's Jungle Lodge / Facebook

After spending the night scared and alone, the animal was provided with a cozy box and a dry towel. The gangly creature looked lost inside of the box that was entirely too big for it. The animal's nose was pink and raw, a result of being stuck in a storm, being pelted by sand for eight hours. Dirk quickly wrapped the shaking animal in a blanket. The creature reached for Dirk, but something was a bit off.

A Scared Creature

A Scared Creature

Dirk Morgan / Facebook

Long nails (that would make any woman jealous) scratched the box. As the creature stretched, it rested two toes on the box's edge. It was struggling to take in its new environment. A tiny squeal escaped, scared that Dirk was a predator. Lori and Dirk paused for a moment. What were they supposed to do now? Where could they bring the creature? And what was it? Luckily, the Internet saved the day.

A Friendly Face

A Friendly Face

The Sloth Conservation Foundation / Facebook

Sloths are known for their extended limbs, long nails, and slow movements, but this sloth,, in particular, was missing an important feature — a third toe. Dirk explained what was going on: “We found a rare, young, two-toed sloth that survived the high tide and a storm overnight.” This sloth isn't really connected to its very distant cousin, but they do have one thing in common: their undeniable laziness. And it's more than just liking to sleep in.

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