Smiling sloth tries to cross busy highway in Ecuador and fails adorably

A wayward sloth trying to cross a highway in Ecuador recently received a helping hand from the government’s transit commission.

The frightened, but seemingly smiling, critter was found clinging to a roadside barricade on Friday when the Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador stumbled upon it.


Officers assessed the situation.


Then, they got to work figuring out a way to scoop up the sloth.


The sloth was taken to a veterinarian, who determined the animal was just fine and able to return to some more, um, comfortable surroundings.

The “cute sloth” was released the same day,” officials said.

“We are grateful to all those people who were interested in the health of the animal,” the  commission noted on Facebook.


“The world’s most famous sloth is happy in its habitat,” the transit commission added. “Thanks to all for your concern.”

See, happy just hanging out.


And, for its efforts, now being applauded by animal lovers around the world, the commission now has some brilliant new branding. As bumper stickers, these no doubt, will move a lot faster than that sloth.



Photos Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador/Facebook

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