Here’s a first for us. We’re familiar with sloths – we’ve seen them hanging out in the trees overhead while exploring Costa Rica’s numerous national parks, watched one glide across a telephone cable in Monteverde, and even transported one to a local zoo just outside La Fortuna de San Carlos that had fallen and was lying on the side of the road (it sadly passed away in the van en route). However, we have never had the privilege of entertaining one at home. Not until this past week, that is.
Meet Rapida. We gave her the name (which translates into English as “fast”) as she was the speediest three-toed sloth we have ever seen. Typically known for being agonizingly slow movers, Rapida the sloth made her way around the back of the house in no time at all. She visited with us for a few hours (napping every so often as sloths regularly do) before she continued on to the nearby forest.
View a short video of our surprise house guest and watch Rapida the Sloth bump her head on our light bulb!
For more information about the three-toed sloths, apart from visiting Costa Rica and experiencing them first hand of course, check out National Geographic’s biography. For those sloth-lovers who make it to beautiful Costa Rica, don’t forget to add a stop at the Sloth Sanctuary to your itinerary.
Question to comment on: Sloths are one of the cutest species of Costa Rican wildlife – agree or disagree?