Saving a 3 toed sloth from certain death on a Panama City road!
Am I a good guy or what, blocking traffic for the safety of this 3 toes sloth laying in the road?
A sloth rarely comes out of the trees it lives in, and super rare is a 3 toed sloth on a busy Panama City Street.
I was traveling back from my unsuccessful attempt to see the Panama Canal, and a car was partially blocking the road as I headed south.
It looked like a dog laying on its stomach – I thought the poor thing had been hit by a car.
Approaching slowly and turning on my flashers – because the animal was on my side of the road. I would hit it head on if I continued driving.
Then I noticed it wasn’t a dog, but some strange-looking animal!
I stopped. The other driver who had partly blocked my lane, backed up a bit and we all just kind of watched this fellow.
Sloths move exceptionally slow because of their diet.
I watched one in the trees for a while and if I did not pay attention, I would lose sight of him because he blended in with the foliage so well.
The animal is about the size of a poodle but with more weight.
Why do they call it a 3 toed sloth?
Look at the following picture and notice the nails coming out at the bottom of his legs.
The guy heading north that had partly block my lane had a large line of cars behind him and I was getting the line behind me.
People were exiting their cars and surrounding this little guy taking pictures.
As I said, sloths move really slow and scared sloths do not move at all!
This guy did not know what to do – go back to the forest or continue his adventure to the other side of the road where the stores were at.
I tried giving him a little nudge, pushing his behind and back legs – nope, he was not interested in moving that way towards the shops. Tough he was facing that way.
What were we going to do to get this guy to move?
In Central America – if you are in a car the motivation for the driver is to move – no matter what. So, the cars in the line started going down the sides of the road to get moving. Now there were basically 4 lanes of cars that this sloth had to get around
People in Central America have no patience when they are in a car. When they are out of a car they are as slow as death – but in a car it is rush, rush, move!
From the picture you can almost hear the sloth saying, “Help!”
I knew nothing about the animal – do they bite or scratch?
I wasn’t going to do any more than give it a nudge and that was not working.
Fortunately there came into a crowd someone how knew a bit about the animal.
He walked up to it and grabbed it by the back of its neck. Once he had a good grip he picked the sloth up.
Walking across the road back to the forest he gently laid the sloth back down to the ground.
The sloth was now back into his “comfort” zone and slowing started crawling back into the trees.
Everyone started clapping and cheering knowing that by stopping and being kind we had all participated in saving this sloths life.
Smiling, I hopped back into my car and went on my merry way.
Cheers for now