3 Toed-Sloth Tries To Cross The Road

The three-toed sloths are tree-living mammals from South and Central America. They are the only members of the genus Bradypus and the family Bradypodidae. There are four living species of three-toed sloths. These are the Brown-throated Sloth, the Maned Sloth, the Pale-throated Sloth, and the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth.

Although similar to the somewhat larger and generally faster moving two-toed sloths, the two genera are not particularly closely related. Recent phylogenetic analyses support the morphological data from the 1970s and 1980s that the two genera are not closely related and that each adopted their arboreal lifestyles independently. It is unclear what ground-dwelling sloth taxa the three-toed sloths evolved from; the two-toed sloths appear to nest phylogenetically within one of the divisions of Caribbean megalonychids. Aand thus probably either descended from them or are part of a clade that invaded the Caribbean multiple times. Both types of sloth tend to occupy the same forests: in most areas, a particular single species of three-toed sloths and a single species of the larger two-toed type will jointly predominate. Famously slow-moving, the sloth travels at a top speed of 0.24 kilometres per hour (0.15 mph).

Although they are quite slow in trees, three-toed sloths are agile swimmers. The offspring cling to their mother's bellies for around 9 months or so. They cannot walk on all four limbs, and so they must use their front arms and claws to drag themselves across the rain forest floor. They do not have a mating season and breed year round.

The three-toed sloth is arboreal (tree-dwelling), with a body adapted to hang by its limbs. It lives high in the canopy but descends once a week to defecate on the forest floor. Its long, coarse, grayish-brown fur often appears greenish, not due to pigment but to algae growing on it. The sloth’s greenish color and its sluggish habits provide an effective camouflage: hanging quietly, the sloth resembles a bundle of leaves. Large curved claws help the sloth to keep a strong grip on tree branches.

Three toed sloths are extremely slow movers. This video was taken along side a very busy road in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The sloth is oblivious to the danger from the road and continues to make his way to cross it. The people around are wondering what they should do - whether to try and stop the traffic or what? Just when it seems as though the sloth is doomed something very special happens that will help to restore your faith in the goodness of mankind.

Responses to "Guardian Angel steps in to help a 3 toed sloth in Costa Rica"

  1. notyet4u3 says:

    now that's just too sweet, that someone will help him across the road God bless him

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank God that there was an awake human that could see a soul in need of assistance<3

  3. I know I was a three toed sloth in another lifetime...thank God for the kindness
    of strangers. Blessings, Mary Helen

  4. Anonymous says:

    wow slots !!!!! never heard you g ........wow!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    that guy is an absolute angel. Bless him for saving this sloth.

  6. Anonymous says:

    what a blessing,saved from our lord....now hes living a happy life on the other side of the road.....Thanx to that beautiful angel who lifted him to a safer place....God Bless you both xxxx

  7. Anonymous says:

    Indeed the guy was an Angel but what were the others going to do? Just watch it get run over as they filmed it??

  8. Anonymous says:

    he is not a angel but a true human being do only what is naturay right , helping another fellow being to get savely across the road

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank God someone came along that knew what to do. And "yes" the people standing by watching should have stopped the traffic.

  10. Unknown says:


  11. Anonymous says:

    Its the right thing to do..God sent the man at right time....the sloth had no fear..

  12. Anonymous says:

    Guess we can all just ignore the fact that this means the "nice" people put a road right through the middle of its habitat.

  13. Unknown says:

    He made it right with minimum contact and short stress. Well done. But what to think about the passive filmers and photographers ?

  14. Anonymous says:

    love how the sloth put it's arms up in the air like, WEEEEEE!!!! probably the fastest it's ever moved LoL

  15. Anonymous says:

    When I lived in Panama we always stopped to help these guys cross the street, they move so slow that green on the fur is moss! they are so cool!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Respect for another life ...you never get enough of that .....well done sir !!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Very well done -- wonderful human being :)

  18. Unknown says:

    Eso es humanidad...

  19. So I'm not the only one who would make a stop at the side of the road or near a highway to move an animal out of danger. Not many people would think of keeping an eye on animals when they are driving, so I have great respect for the fellow who stopped and did his part :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    Nice legs...

  21. Anonymous says:

    It amazes me that there were other people there and did nothing about it, filming and taking pictures did not help this creature, what the heck it's wrong with you people.

  22. There was a sloth crossing 8 yards up the road .Why didn't it press the button and wait?

  23. Anonymous says:

    They might have been afraid it would hurt them with those long claws. Good thing that man knew that he would not. That was a very nice thing to do.

  24. Anonymous says:

    ..a real man ..thankyou !

  25. Anonymous says:

    Your my hero of the day!! God Bless, and to the people just standing around doing nothing, except taking pictures, SHAME ON YOU!!!!

  26. Unknown says:

    Awesome to see that people really still do care about wildlife :)

  27. Anonymous says:

    I have never seen a sloth before! It never would have made it safely across the street except for thatman's help! God bless him!

Write a comment