Sloth Rescued From Busy Highway in Ecuador

Transit officers in Ecuador found the scared little fellow.

ByMEGHAN KENEALLY and ESTHER CASTILLEJO
January 25, 2016, 5:05 PM

— -- A group of transit officers in Ecuador ran into an unexpected visitor while driving down a highway in Los Rios last week.

A "beautiful" sloth was trying to cross a road, clinging on to a traffic median for safety, the Transit Authority of Ecuador wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

PHOTO: Transportation officers in Los Rios, Ecuador rescued a sloth, Jan. 22, 2015.
Transportation officers in Los Rios, Ecuador rescued a sloth, Jan. 22, 2015.
Comision de Transito del Ecuador
PHOTO: Transportation officers in Los Rios, Ecuador rescued a sloth, Jan. 22, 2015.
Transportation officers in Los Rios, Ecuador rescued a sloth, Jan. 22, 2015.
Comision de Transito del Ecuador

"We want to let you know the sloth was rescued and taken by our officers to a doctor, who said the sloth was in good conditions to be returned to its habitat," the Transit Authority wrote in a comment on the Facebook post.

The government agency said it would continue to help any animals found in similar situations in the future.

PHOTO: Transportation officers in Los Rios, Ecuador rescued a sloth, Jan. 22, 2015.
Transportation officers in Los Rios, Ecuador rescued a sloth, Jan. 22, 2015.
Comision de Transito del Ecuador

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