A group of tourists found a baby sloth alone in Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Limon, and brought him to the Jaguar Rescue Center, where the personnel and volunteers took on the task of searching for the mother. The baby sloth weighed only 400 grams.
They recorded the baby sloth’s cry and went into the forest armed with speakers playing the recording over and over. It took them two days but they finally found the mother who after hearing the cry slowly started to come down from the tree she was on.
The Jaguar Rescue Center posted the video of the beautiful moment on Facebook and commented: “We are happy to say that we were able to reunite this mother and baby 3 toed sloths (Bradypus variegatus). The baby was brought to us late Tuesday afternoon. We spent two days looking for the mother along the beach. Yesterday, she finally came down after hearing the recording of her baby crying through a speaker!”
This is not the first time personnel at the Jaguar Rescue Center use this technique to reunite sloth families.
The Jaguar Rescue Center opened doors in 2008 and it’s a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals. The center tries to reintroduce rescued animals to their natural habitat whenever possible.
They offer guided visits Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. and they also offer private tours at 2 p.m. by reservation only.