Why Did The Sloth Cross the Road?

QUEVEDO, Ecuador — In protest over high speed limits, a single sloth attached itself to a highway guardrail, pledging to remain there until its demands were met, which included a reduction of the speed limit from 55 MPH to 3 MPH;  stop lights every 50 feet; vehicles equipped with Nerf bumpers; and snacks.



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28 thoughts on “Why Did The Sloth Cross the Road?

  1. debg January 25, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Sounds like pretty good planning to me! At least s/he had the good sense to make snacks part of the initial demand, unlike some American occupiers . . .

  2. Kar January 25, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    It’s like a troll come to life, from the kyot!

  3. Smartypants January 25, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Precious sweetie! I have no problem with these demands.

  4. myiglets January 25, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Hilarious!! Nerf bumpers attached to nerf cars – sign me up.

  5. Athos' Mom January 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Looks like it might have gotten hurt while trying to cross the road. One of the feet looks bloody. Hope it ended well for the little cutie.

    • Chris January 25, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Does look like it has an owie. Had to search for the news item to make sure it made it okay:

      The Ecuador Transit Commission shared pictures on Facebook of a sloth that apparently became frightened while trying to cross the highway in Quevedo and ended up clinging to a roadside barrier.

      Police said the sloth — or “lazy bear” as they are known in Ecuador — was examined by a veterinarian before being released back into the wild.

      The executive director of the Ecuador Transit Commission issued an order after the incident that any animals found on streets and highways must be assisted by authorities.

      • Smartypants January 25, 2016 / 8:29 pm

        That’s wonderful, thank you so much for checking it out.

        I got the impression from the pic that the officer was a nice fellow who was going to help out…but how great that they actually formalized it into a rule!

      • Haha January 25, 2016 / 8:39 pm

        I will now contemplate, on top of all the awesomeness that is held within this offering, lazy bear sloths. Ahhhh. 🙂

      • 6rabbits January 25, 2016 / 11:30 pm

        Thank you, Chris! Glad to know he is okay, poor baby.

      • Athos' Mom January 26, 2016 / 9:08 am

        Thanks Chris – Makes me feel better knowing he was taken care of.

  6. Faye January 25, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    They took this adorable creature to a vet and it was fine.

    I’m mesmerized. This exquisite creature pushes all my cute brain buttons and activates my maternal instincts.

    • dubravkamcvmd January 25, 2016 / 5:05 pm

      Me too. Tears came to my eyes.

    • 6rabbits January 25, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      You need to check out slothsanctuary.com. They are in Costa Rica and a visit is on my “must do” list!

      • Deb January 26, 2016 / 11:36 am

        I just got back from Costa Rica the other day! Yes, I saw sloths all over in an area called Manuel Antonio. So adorable! They move like they are doing T’ai Chi. I asked our guide about the sanctuary, which I’d seen on Animal Planet and he told us about it. He also cheerily told us about visiting there and one of the little sloth babies bit him!

        • 6rabbits January 26, 2016 / 10:37 pm

          I am green with envy, Deb! [pouts]

          • Deb January 26, 2016 / 10:46 pm

            Then go there you must, 6Rabbits! They come out mid morning and are very high up in the trees, hard to photograph because the rainforest is so dense and green. The Manuel Antonio National Park is so gorgeous with lovely beaches and the white faced monkeys are jumping all over the place as well.

            And if it’s any consolation, I am green with envy because you have 6 Rabbits and I have none, my building doesn’t allow pets 🙁

  7. Faye January 25, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Great… post… NTMTOM… Slow… international… news… day… I…

  8. amyliz January 25, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    That sweet little smile turns me to mush! So glad all’s well!

  9. Gigi_the cat lady January 25, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I love that the official position after this event was to issue an order that any animals found on streets and highways must be assisted by authorities.

  10. Faye January 25, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    One bebe sloth shall lead the way!!

  11. bossyterriers January 25, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    yum, snacks! this is a sloth with great ideas!

  12. bossyterriers January 25, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    random side note. What is the “choose file” button at the bottom of each new post intended for? a signature… a post photo… a intriguing mystery?

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike January 25, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      It’s there so you can post an image. (The image has to be in JPG format and less than 50KB file size.) If you need help with images, please ask me.

      • Haha January 25, 2016 / 8:31 pm

        So speaketh the man who has pegs shaped like Js, not squares or rounds, and has Kerfluffel Bunny files the size of 50. He knows a thing or 3.
        Thanks NTMTOM. 🙂

  13. beemoused January 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I hereby nominate Ecuador for most favored nation status for their exemplary position on the care of their adorable critters!

  14. Ellie's Maid January 25, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Poor little fellow (or girl)! Makes me sad!

    So glad Ecuador knows how to treat their animals!

  15. myiglets January 25, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Here is the response from the transit commission, translated by a gen-u -ine Acme Spanish Translator:

    “Dear, we are grateful to all for your concern. Be advised, the sloth bear rescued by our unis was reviewed by a veterinarian, the same one that determined that I was in optimal conditions to be returning to their habitat. We are grateful to all those people who were interested in the health of the animal. We will continue to support this kind of cases along with the collaboration of citizenship. Greetings to all. “

  16. Ellie's Maid January 26, 2016 / 9:55 am

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas Gandhi

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