Sloths are amazing. We don’t know what we’ve done to deserve their perpetually adorable existence, though, because we humans have also made life tough for these wide-eyed, long-armed fur babies. Sloths are native to South and Central America, where their forest habitats are torn down every day to make room for logging, grazing land for the animal agriculture industry, and to make room for new housing. As a result, many sloths are left homeless without any of the resources they would use to survive in the wild. But those aren’t the only problems sloths face. Many young sloths who are too young to be separated from their mothers end up victims of the illegal wildlife trade, sold to people, many of whom haven’t the faintest idea of how to give them the wonderful life that every single one of them deserves, as pets.
Thankfully, there are people out there who are on the same page as us. The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center is an organization driven by good people dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing endangered animals who have been harmed by humans — sloths included. Recently, they shared some sloth photos on their Facebook that are so screensaver-worthy, it might be a little illegal if we didn’t pass them along to you.
“Feelin’ blue? I’ll help you turn that frown …upside down. Get it? Do ya get it?”
“‘Sup, humans. Welcome to my crib.”
“Best day eveeeeer! WHOOOOO!”
“Oh, tree-darling. I hope nothing ever tears us apart.”
In all seriousness, every animal at the Costa Rican Animal Rescue Center has their own unique history that’s shaped who they are today. We’re so glad that in spite of the trauma that brought the sloth cuties in the photos above to the sanctuary, they still manage to look so happy and carefree — and it’s all thanks to the kindness of volunteers that make running the rescue center possible. In a perfect world, these sloths, and all animals, would never be forced into situations where humans have made their lives so difficult that their survival is dependent on staying at a sanctuary. We hope that each and every one of them is able to return back to the wild and live their life in peace, free from human intervention.
Lead image source: Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center/Facebook