Monday 5 December 2016

Lost sloth found clinging to motorway crash barrier

Image of "grinning" animal goes viral, warming hearts around the world

Published 25/01/2016 | 06:41

The sloth was photographed clinging to a crash barrier in Ecuador Photo: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador
The sloth was photographed clinging to a crash barrier in Ecuador Photo: Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador

The image of a tiny sloth, stuck on the central reservation of a motorway and clinging to the crash barrier for dear life, has tugged heartstrings around the world.

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It was spotted in the city of Quevedo, Ecuador, after becoming trapped by traffic passing on either side at high speed.

Pictures of the forlorn animal were posted on Facebook by the Ecuadorian transport commission after it launched a rescue operation.

In one, the adventurous sloth even appears to grin for the camera.

The pictures have been shared more than 11,000 times.

And there was a happy ending.

In an updated post, the Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador said the little animal had been returned to the wild after being "checked by a vet, who determined that it was in optimal conditions for return to its habitat".

Telegraph.co.uk

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