Sloth Released Into The Wild After Surviving A Vicious Dog Attack.
Travelling to Latin America provides an opportunity to see the various countries as more than just the caricature they are portrayed as on film and television. The vast landscapes, exotic fruits, and fascinating people leave a lasting impression on tourists who want to return time and time again.
A thriving tourism economy, however, means there are people who want to exploit the natural resources, including its animals. Among the most popular tourist attractions in Costa Rica are its sloths, the slow moving animal that love to hang high in the trees eating leaves and twigs.
Their adorable demeanour make them easy targets for households to keep as pets or animal handlers to use for exhibition.
Don't be confused by their long and sharp claws, this animal is gentle by nature.
Sloths are found in Central and South America in the tropical rainforests.
Most of their day is spent sleeping; about 15 to 20 hours per day.
They keep themselves atop trees to keep safe because they move at a painfully slow rate, hence, making it easy for natural predators to attack them.
A female sloth was brutally attacked in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica.
It is believed the sloth was attacked by dogs who were led by a group of hunters.
Her flesh had been ripped and most of the fur was ripped off one of the arms.
Locals heard the animal screaming in pain, prompting them to act quickly, and call for help.
The dogs had to be pulled off of the sloth.
It was apparent she had been injured and getting her help immediately was of the essence. Moving her became a challenge since any touch and movement made the animal cried out in pain.
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